Reining in the speedsters


  • Nation
  • Thursday, 23 Apr 2020

All clear: The Sungai Besi toll plaza is usually packed to the brim but with the MCO, there are very few vehicles.

KUALA LUMPUR: While there are more clear roads during the movement control order (MCO) period, some motorists are taking advantage by speeding and driving haphazardly.

It is learnt that motorcyclists are especially brazen in not adhering to traffic regulations and endangering others with their reckless riding.

Bukit Aman Traffic Investigation and Enforcement Department (JSPT) director Deputy Comm Datuk Azisman Alias said action will be taken against those flouting traffic rules.

“Basically, if they are caught red-handed by our personnel, we will issue summonses.

“Action will also be taken if the offenders are caught by our hidden cameras installed along the the road or highway,” he said.

Kuala Lumpur JSPT chief Asst Comm Zulkefly Yahya said police are aware of such reckless driving and riding.

“Some road users are taking advantage of the mostly clear roads.

“We are aware of such occurrence and it will not be tolerated,” he said when contacted.

ACP Zulkefly warned errant motorists that stern action will be taken against those who do no adhere to traffic regulations.

“Clear roads during the MCO period is not a ‘licence’ to disobey traffic rules. Reckless drivers will be dealt with sternly as they are endangering others,” he added.

Since the start of MCO, a total of 1,141 accidents have been recorded in Kuala Lumpur between March 18 and April 19.

“From the total cases, eight of them were fatal accidents,” ACP Zulkefly said.

Meanwhile, Selangor Traffic Investigation and Enforcement Department chief Supt Azman Shariat said the department views the matter seriously.

“Even though now we are prioritising enforcement of the MCO, we are still enforcing traffic laws as well.

“Those caught speeding will still have action taken against them,” said Supt Azman, who urged motorists to observe self-discipline.

“Road users should be responsible and obey the road laws,” he said.
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