Traffic policing to take flight


Essential protection: Comm Hussein (second from right) adjusting a motorcyclist’s helmet during the road safety campaign at Puchong Selatan toll plaza, Puchong. — SAMUEL ONG/The Star

PUCHONG: Selangor police will deploy drones and helicopters to monitor traffic as people travel back to their hometowns for the upcoming Chinese New Year break.

Selangor police chief Comm Datuk Hussein Omar Khan said the use of the Airwing Unit and police drones will provide real-time traffic monitoring in the state.

“Last year, we recorded a total of 4,042 accidents during the holiday period compared with 2,810 accidents the year earlier.

“We believe the main reason for the rise in accidents is due to lack of road safety awareness,” he told reporters after launching the Road Safety Campaign in conjunction with the Chinese New Year at Toll Plaza Puchong Selatan here yesterday.

“We will focus enforcement efforts on six traffic offences, namely speeding, beating the red light, emergency lane misuse, overtaking on double lines, cutting queue and using mobile phones while operating a vehicle.

“We will be monitoring traffic along the Kuala Lumpur-Karak Expressway near Gombak, Jalan Kuala Lumpur-Ipoh, Jalan Kuala Selangor-Klang,” he said.

Comm Hussein added that 61 officers and 432 personnel will be involved while 42 police patrols and 89 police motorcycles will also be deployed.

He said 11 locations have also been identified where police will conduct speed traps.

Comm Hussein advised motorists to ensure their vehicles are properly maintained and roadworthy prior to their journeys.

“Keep to the speed limit, be patient and courteous with other motorists and always use your seat belts.

“Make sure you are well rested before driving, plan your journey and refrain from using your mobile phone while operating a vehicle,” he said.

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