GEORGE TOWN: A total of 707 road accidents have been reported on the fifth day of Ops Selamat 16.
Penang Traffic and Public Order Department chief Supt Wan Shaharuddin Wan Omar said three deaths were recorded, involving a motorcyclist, a car driver and a passenger.
“The fatal accidents occurred at North Seberang Prai, Central Seberang Prai in the mainland and the northeast district in the island, ” he said.
Supt Wan Shaharuddin also said 5,025 summonses were issued to road users who had committed various offences.
He added that during the operation, police arrested 34 people for their suspected involvement in illegal racing activities, four for driving under the influence of alcohol, and six for their alleged involvement in drug abuse.
“We also seized 184 motorcycles under Section 60 of the Road Transport Act during this five days operation, ” he said when contacted on Thursday (Jan 23).
Ops Selamat 16/2020, which was launched on Jan 18 in conjunction with the Chinese New Year celebration, will continue until Feb 1.
Supt Wan Shaharuddin said police also mounted another operation starting Thursday – dubbed Ops Lancar – to ensure smooth traffic especially on the main road and highways.
He said the operation will continue until the second day of Chinese New Year (Jan 26), with the expectation that more vehicles would be coming into the island during the holidays.
Meanwhile, eight locations have been identified as accident prone in north Seberang Prai.
Seberang Prai Utara OCPD Asst Comm Noorzainy Mohd Noor said the locations will be the main focus of the police during the Ops Selamat 16.
The accident hotspots are located at Jalan Chain Ferry-Jambatan Merdeka, Butterworth Outer Ring Road (BORR), and KM115-KM130.9 on the North-South Expressway.
“While the hotspots for traffic congestion are Jalan Permatang Pauh, Jalan Chain Ferry, Penang Sentral, Bumbung Lima and Jalan Raja Uda, ” he told a press conference after the official launch of the Road Safety and Safe Home Programme and Op Selamat 16 Chinese New Year 2020 at the North Seberang Prai Traffic Investigation and Enforcement office in Kepala Batas.
Launching the event was Penang Deputy Chief Minister 1 Datuk Ahmad Zakiyuddin Abdul Rahman, who said in his speech that various initiatives have been taken by the authorities in changing the attitude of drivers.
He, however, said these initiatives would only be a success through continued education and effective enforcement.
He also advised road users to always be alert while on the road and to follow all rules and regulations.
Also present during the launch were Bertam state assemblymen Khaliq Mehtab Mohd Ishaq, Penang Road Safety Department director M. Thurkah Thevi, and representatives from the Seberang Prai City Council (MBSP) and the Road Transport Department.
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