ISKANDAR PUTERI: The police will be keeping a close watch on motorists this Chinese New Year holidays.
Johor police chief Comm Datuk Mohd Kamarudin Md Din said there would be no compromise for those caught endangering other road users or any other traffic offences.
“We will take strict action on those who break rules such as beating the red light, using the emergency lane, cutting queue and driving recklessly.
“You break the law, you pay the price, ” he said after launching Ops Selamat 16/2020 at R&R Gelang Patah here in conjunction with the Chinese New Year celebration.
He said the stringent action was not only for local road users but also extended to those driving foreign-registered vehicles, especially those who covered or changed their vehicle registration plates to avoid speeding tickets.
“We have yet to receive any report on the matter but we will be closely monitoring the roads in the coming days, ” he said.
The operation will run until Feb 1.
Comm Mohd Kamarudin was referring to last year’s case of foreign-registered vehicles covering their licence plates to avoid being caught on the Automated Enforcement System (AES).
The culprits were caught on video that went viral on social media.
“One of the aims of Ops Selamat is total enforcement and we will issue summons on the spot to the offender, ” he said.
He explained that the offence comes under Section 108 of the Road Transport Act 1987 for falsifying the vehicle’s registration number.
On Ops Selamat, Comm Mohd Kamarudin said a total of 437 traffic officers and 587 policemen have been deployed to monitor 37 hotspots across Johor.
“A high number of enforcement officers will be posted in Batu Pahat, specifically at Jalan Kluang-Ayer Hitam-Batu Pahat that has always recorded the highest numbers of accidents, ” he said.
He noted that there was also an increase in fatal accidents, from 26 cases in 2018 to 34 cases in 2019.
“Motorcyclists remained the highest number of casualties, from 17 deaths in 2018 to 23 deaths in 2019, ” he said.
He also urged the public to download the Volunteer Smartphone Patrol app or register using the “Balik Kampung” form so that police patrols could monitor their houses while they were away.
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