853 accidents by day six of ops

  • Nation
  • Saturday, 25 Jan 2020

Bumper-to-bumper: People walking past cars stuck in a traffic jam at Air Itam market in Penang.

GEORGE TOWN: The sixth day of Ops Selamat 16/2020 saw a total of 853 road accidents in the state being reported.

Penang Traffic and Public Order Department chief Supt Wan Shaharuddin Wan Omar said from the accidents reported, three deaths were recorded, involving a motorcyclist, motorist and a car passenger.“The fatal accidents were in north and central Seberang Prai on the mainland, and in the northeast district on the island, ” he told The Star.

Supt Wan Shaharuddin said police also issued 5,795 summonses to road users who had committed various offences.

He said during the operation, police arrested 34 suspects for involvement in illegal racing activities, six suspects for driving under the influence of alcohol, and six suspects for involvement in drug abuse.

He added that a total of 1,996 motorcycles were inspected during the operation.

“We have also seized 184 motorcycles and a car under Section 60 of the Road Transport Act, ” he said, adding that two illegal immigrants were also nabbed near the Sultan Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah Bridge.The 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 main roads and highways.

He said the operation would continue until the second day of Chinese New Year tomorrow, in anticipation of more vehicles coming in to the island during the holidays.

A check by The Star at several main roads and highways showed a steady stream of vehicles from the mainland and island going in both directions.

The elevated Bayan Lepas Expressway that connects Batu Maung and Sungai Nibong was also packed with vehicles.

Traffic was at its peak yesterday with motorists rushing to leave their offices after work to get ready for their reunion dinner on the eve of Chinese New Year.

In Kepala Batas, eight locations have been identified as accident-prone and traffic congestion hotspots in north Seberang Prai.

North Seberang Prai OCPD Asst Comm Noorzainy Mohd Noor said the eight locations would be the main focus of the police during Ops Selamat.

“The hotspots for accidents are at Jalan Chain Ferry-Jambatan Merdeka, the Butterworth Outer Ring Road, and KM115-KM130.9 of the North-South Highway.

“Meanwhile, the hotspots for traffic congestion are at Jalan Permatang Pauh, Jalan Chain Ferry, Penang Sentral, Bumbung Lima and Jalan Raja Uda, ” he said during a press conference after the official launch of the Road Safety and Safe House Campaign programme and Op Selamat 16 Chinese New Year 2020 at the north Seberang Prai district police headquarters traffic investigation and enforcement division on Thursday.

Deputy Chief Minister I Datuk Ahmad Zakiyuddin Abdul Rahman, who was present to launch the event, said various initiatives have been taken by authorities aimed at changing the attitude of drivers.

He said the initiatives would only be a success through continued education and supported by effective enforcement.

He also advised road users to always be alert while on the road and follow all the rules and regulations while driving.

Also present were Bertam assemblyman Khaliq Mehtab Mohd Ishaq, Penang Road Safety Department director M. Thurkah Thevi and representatives from the Seberang Prai City Council and Road Transport Department.

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