KUALA LUMPUR: The police will continue with their enforcement to try and bring down traffic accidents and fatalities after a 9.1% spike in the number of accidents over the Hari Raya period.
Deputy Inspector-General of Police Datuk Mazlan Mansor said during the recent Op Selamat 15 (May 15-29) campaign, there was a total of 24,461 accidents – compared to 22,411 last year.
“The number of fatalities also saw a 0.4% increase with 249 deaths this year compared to 248 last year.
“We also saw more summonses issued this year – 350,537 compared to 343,863 last year,” he told reporters at Bukit Aman after an award-giving ceremony for the best state performance during the operation this year.
Mazlan attributed the rise in accidents and fatalities to driver attitude, saying that it needed to change.
“Carelessness contributed to 27% of all accidents with 10,271 cases recorded.
“Losing control of a vehicle was also the main cause in fatal accidents involving 92 of the 232 fatal accidents recorded,” he said.
Mazlan said Bukit Aman Traffic Investigation and Enforcement Department personnel would continue with their total enforcement approach to try and reduce traffic accidents and fatalities.
“The police will study the enforcement design currently employed in order to make it more effective for future campaigns,” he said.
Mazlan said throughout the campaign, 771 house break-in cases were recorded, which showed an increase of 40 cases compared to 731 last year.
“Selangor reported the highest number of house break-ins with 189 cases, followed by 81 in Sabah and 72 in Johor,” he said.
During the event, Mazlan handed the prize for the best state performance to Kedah police chief Comm Datuk Zainuddin Yaacob.
Terengganu took second place, followed by Kuala Lumpur, for their overall performance in reducing accidents and house break-in cases during the campaign.