Don’t speed and pay traffic fines, IGP tells motorists

By GEORGE WONG | 16 July 2015

GOMBAK: Don’t speed and end up paying hefty traffic fines, says the Inspector General of Police.

Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar urged motorists to take their time to drive home safely.

“Instead of forking out money to pay traffic fines, use the money on your children this Hari Raya,” said Khalid.

Since the Ops Selamat started a week ago, 86 people have been killed and 7,274 accidents have been reported nationwide.

The death toll, he said, was 35% higher than last year’s figure during the same Hari Raya period.

Most of the accidents happened because people disregard traffic laws, said Khalid.

“People are just rushing, not being patient, trying to cut queues and running red lights. Every year it’s the same.

“People are careless and drive like they have to be the first ones to arrive back home,” he said.

Since the start of Ops Selamat, police have issued 1,880 summonses to those driving on emergency lanes and cutting queues.

Khalid warned that those issued with summonses during the Ops Selamat period will not be given any reductions.

Federal roads were the most deadly stretches with 47 deaths in the past week, followed by 26 deaths on state roads and 18 on highways.

Johor and Selangor had the most number of accidents and deaths.

Meanwhile, Khalid and Bukit Aman officers were at the Gombak toll plaza heading towards Genting Highlands and Kuantan for a light hearted Hari Raya traffic safety campaign with motorists.

Khalid and officers passed out durian puffs and road safety pamphlets to drivers at the toll plaza.