THE focus falls on motorists and road accidents yet again as Malaysians make their way home for Christmas and to holiday destinations.
Perak police chief Deputy Comm Datuk Mohd Shukri Dahlan said motorists should make full use of the technology available to them to ensure a smoother and safer journey while travelling long distance.
“The weather forecast is available on the website of the Malaysian Meteorological Department and also other sites on the Internet.
“PLUS Malaysia Bhd also sends out SMS on the traffic condition along the North-South Expressway,” he told The Star.
DCP Mohd Shukri added that the monsoon season brought plenty of rainfall.
“The public should check the weather forecast and plan their journey carefully before hand.
“It is not advisable to drive when there is heavy rain but many do it anyway.
“Even pilots and people in the aviation industry take the necessary precaution to check weather conditions before taking off,” he said.
Noting that traffic on all roads are expected to be heavy due to the school holidays and festive period, DCP Mohd Shukri said there were bound to be more accidents during this time.
“It is also imperative to make sure that one is in a condition to drive long distance.
“Many times, we find that motorists embark on long distance driving when they are tired.
“The driver must ensure that he or she has sufficient rest in order to give full focus on the road,” he said, adding that motorists should adhere to the speed limit.
“Some motorists think they can speed when the roads are clear of traffic.
“An empty road is an opportunity for road users to drive in a relaxed state and not an opportunity for them to speed or drive recklessly,” DCP Mohd Shukri added.
The police, he said, had insufficient manpower to patrol the entire stretch of the North-South Expressway in Perak.
“In fact, the leave of all our traffic police have been frozen until the end of the holiday period.
“We have also enlisted the help of Rela to be stationed at rest and recreational areas along the expressway to help with security and public safety.
“Having said that, I can put 1,000 policemen on the roads but it will make no difference if motorists refuse to cooperate and keep flouting the law,” said DCP Mohd Shukri.