POLICE have warned motorists to stay off the road if they don’t have a solid reason to travel.
Action can be taken if they are caught without a legitimate travel letter, says central Seberang Prai OCPD Asst Comm Shafee Abdul Samad.
He said a few motorists were asked to turn back at the police roadblocks mounted in the district to monitor traffic movement at the state borders in Penang.
“A few of them had attempted unauthorised inter-state travel by giving reasons such as going home or going to meet their friends at a coffee shop.
“We told them to turn back.
“We will not hesitate to issue compounds to those who defy the rules and attempt to cross state during this period, ” he said.
To mark the start of the movement control order (MCO) in Penang beginning yesterday, police have set up 42 roadblocks in the state.
In central Seberang Prai, ACP Shafee said there were eight roadblocks in the district – Juru Toll Plaza, Penang Bridge, LLP Prai Toll Plaza, BKE KM2.4 Seberang Jaya, BKE KM14.2 Kubang Semang, Jalan Kulim Machang Bubok, Jalan Permatang Tinggi and one mobile roadblock in Jalan Perindustrian Bukit Minyak.
ACP Shafee said many motorists were allowed to cross state borders or districts for work purposes as they were able to show authorisation letters
He said police would conduct stringent checks on motorists, especially during the Hari Raya Aidilfitri period.
In north Seberang Prai, OCPD Asst Comm Noorzainy Mohd Noor said no motorists had attempted to make any unauthorised inter-state travel in the district during the first day of the MCO yesterday.
“So far we have not come across any violation at any police roadblocks set up in the district, ” he said.
He, however, believes that some motorists would try their luck to sneak out of the district or the state border.
“My advice is, comply with the ruling and stay at home for the sake of public safety and health.
“We will increase our patrols and on the lookout on any movement, especially along the border, ” he said.
There are 15 roadblocks in north Seberang Prai, and another seven in south Seberang Prai during the MCO period.