City police chief Comm Datuk Seri Mazlan Lazim said the annual traffic safety awareness op would be held from Jan 29 to Feb 12.
“We are deploying 13 police officers and 186 rank-and-file policemen throughout the op to ensure smooth traffic flow, and increase road safety in the city,” he said at a press conference after the launching of the operations at the Tun H.S. Lee Traffic police station on Tuesday (Jan 22).
He said police have identified several roads that are accident prone that will be paid close attention to including Jalan Kepong, Jalan Ipoh, Jalan Duta, Jalan Kuching, Jalan Tun Razak, Jalan Ampang, Middle Ring Road 2, Jalan Sungai Besi, Jalan Cheras and Jalan Klang Lama.
“We will also be cracking down on drivers who use their mobile phones while driving, cut queues, abusing the emergency lane, and jumping the red light,” he said.
Comm Mazlan said that the number of accidents, summonses issued and deaths had increased from the Chinese New Year Op Selamat in 2017 to the one in 2018.
“There were 2,363 accidents with seven deaths in 2017 and 2,586 accidents with eight deaths in 2018.
“However, this is expected with the higher number of cars on the roads every year,” he said.
He urged all road users to be courteous on the road and make sure their vehicles are properly maintained.
“Especially, the motorcyclists who make up the majority of those injured and killed on the road,” he added.
Comm Mazlan also advises those leaving their homes during the holidays to register with the police.
“This will help us keep an eye on their homes while they are away,” he said.