1,288 accidents on fourth day of operation


Smoother flow: Traffic policemen directing motorists near the Seremban toll plaza. — Bernama

KUALA LUMPUR: A total of 1,288 accidents were recorded on the fourth day of Ops Selamat held in conjunction with the Hari Raya Aidilfitri season.

This brings the total number of accidents reported since the operation started on April 8 to 5,891.

There were also 16 deaths on April 11, bringing the total number of deaths in the same period to 38, the police said in a Facebook post yesterday.

Bukit Aman Traffic Investigation and Enforcement Department acting director Deputy Comm Datuk Mohd Nasri Omar said various measures had been taken to ensure smooth travel for road users.

“We advise all road users to plan their movements first, especially for those who have to travel long distances.

“Users are also urged to identify locations where they need to stop to rest if they need to travel beyond the normal travel time,” he said yesterday.

DCP Mohd Nasri said all road users are responsible for ensuring their safety in traffic regardless of where they are.

“The road is not a place to catch up with time or show (your) driving prowess,” he added.

On Thursday, Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Razarudin Husain called on motorists to be patient and courteous with each other on the road, especially as they head out on journeys during the festive season.

He said traffic rules were in place to ensure the safety of all.

Razarudin said the traffic volume would increase on all major highways and federal roads during festive seasons as motorists head back to their hometowns while others take advantage to go on holiday.

“It is important for road users to understand each other.

“While we do understand that being stuck in traffic jams could prove stressful, motorists must always be rational and keep cool and always comply with traffic regulations,” he added.

The police will be on standby at several locations where accidents and traffic jams usually occur as people start making their way back home.

PLUS Bhd had previously estimated that a total of 2.1 million vehicles per day would use the expressway this festive holiday, compared with 1.82 million during normal peak hours.

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