Decrease in deaths during Ops Sikap campaign last year

  • Nation
  • Tuesday, 23 Aug 2011

PETALING JAYA: The fatality rate has gone down during Ops Sikap even with increased traffic.

Deputy Inspector-General of Police Datuk Seri Khalid Abu Bakar said there was an average of 15 road fatalities throughout the campaign last year compared to 18 on normal days.

“The decrease is commendable when we take into consideration the fact that traffic increases three-fold during the festive season,” he said during his opening speech at the launch of Ops Sikap 24 here yesterday.

He added that research showed that the main causes of fatal accidents include speeding, beating traffic lights, driving in the emergency lane, overtaking on a double white line, cutting queue, road hogging and weaving through traffic.

Khalid said about 10,000 police personnel would be on duty, with police personnel manning 200 temporary police beats.

Telekom Malaysia Berhad (TM) chairman Datuk Dr Halim Shafie announced that a 24-hour Ops Sikap toll-free number 1800-88-1412 had been launched.

Meanwhile, the Fire and Rescue Department will station personnel at 16 locations in Peninsular Malaysia.

Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Chor Chee Heung said 90 officers would be standing by at accident-prone areas and also near toll booths.

“Each state will have its own operations room,” he said during a press conference after launching Ops Raya 2011 yesterday.

Chor said 80% of the department's workforce, or 10,090 out of 12,622 officers, would be working throughout the Hari Raya festive season.

The department's director-general Datuk Wan Mohd Nor Haji Ibrahim said seven helicopters with 117 personnel were on standby.

“Our target response time is 10 minutes,” he said.

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