KUCHING: Motorists who constantly flout traffic regulations will no longer get away with it as police will be stepping up enforcement over the festive period.
State police commissioner Datuk Mazlan Mansor said summonses would be issued on the spot to traffic offenders during Ops Selamat, which is being held in conjunction with Chinese New Year.
“We will not compromise anymore because we have already spread awareness and everyone understands traffic regulations. For those who are still stubborn, we will take action against them.
“They may have gotten away with it in the past but this time we will have enforcement and patrol teams to issue summonses. Previously we gave warnings and advice but this time we will take strict enforcement action,” he told reporters after launching Ops Selamat at the Kuching Waterfront yesterday.
Mazlan said the most common offences included beating the traffic lights, crossing double lines, cutting the queue, driving in the emergency lane and motorcyclists not wearing helmets.
He said strict enforcement was necessary to prevent accidents and make motorists realise they need to comply with traffic regulations.
“If not, they will continue to ignore regulations and lawlessness on the roads will become a habit,” he added.
Police issued 14,249 summonses in last year’s Ops Selamat, a slight increase compared to 14,075 issued in the 2015 operation.
The number of accidents also increased from 612 cases in 2015 to 722 cases last year, although fatalities dropped from 12 to nine.
Mazlan also said police would step up their patrolling in residential areas to curb housebreaking during the holiday season.
He said 73 cases of housebreaking were recorded in each Ops Selamat held during Chinese New Year in 2015 and 2016.
“Every year we remind residents to be alert in looking after their homes but some still ‘welcome’ thieves by forgetting to make sure that their homes are secure and doors locked.
“The police cannot look after every house. Home owners have to do their part too,” he said.
In addition, Mazlan urged boat operators to make safety a priority and not overload the vessels with passengers.
He said marine police would assist the Sarawak Rivers Board in enforcement during Ops Selamat.
The two-week operation kicked off on Jan 21 and will end on Feb 5.