JOHOR BARU: The state police are proposing a dedicated motorcycle lane to be built in Batu Pahat to reduce the high number of fatal accidents recorded here every year.
Chief Comm Datuk Mohd Khalil Kader Mohd said he hoped the Federal or state government could look into this possibility.
“A total of 54 cases were reported so far this year, a big increase compared to 53 cases for the whole of last year.
“There are many motorcycle users in the state and a dedicated lane will be safer for them to use,” he said after officiating a state-level Ops Selamat in conjunction with Hari Raya Aidilfitri at Plaza Tol Skudai (South) here.
“We hope the local authority will also identify roads that need to be upgraded to prevent mishaps,” he said in response to a statement made by Transport Minister Anthony Loke that Batu Pahat district had the highest number of road fatalities.
He said the operations command centre for Ops Selamat would be moved from Johor Baru to Batu Pahat to closely monitor the situation during the festive period.
“The operations which started on May 29 will go on until June 12. It involves 552 police officers and the majority of them will be on duty in Batu Pahat,” he said.
Comm Mohd Khalil said among factors said to make the Batu Pahat-Ayer Hitam-Kluang stretch dangerous was the slippery road condition and lack of streetlights in the area.
“Apart from this, some motorists are impatient, rude and drive recklessly, endangering others.
“Motorists, especially when driving long distance, must get enough sleep.
“If tired or sleepy, pull over at a safe location and get some rest,” he said.
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