KUALA NERUS: Some 1,800 members of the Road Transport Department (JPJ) will be deployed to monitor accident prone areas across the country during the festive season, this year.
Its director-general, Datuk Seri Ismail Ahmad, said the department would also increase patrols, especially in areas where accidents frequently occurred from the beginning of Ramadan, following the increase in traffic nationwide.
He said the patrols and monitoring would also cover main roads, federal roads, state roads, as well as highways which would be congested with road users during the festive period.
"Previously, we began operations a week before, until a week after Raya, but this year, from the beginning of Ramadan we will start patrolling and monitoring," he told reporters when met at the upgrading ceremony for the PSM driving circuit here in Terengganu today.
According to him, the operations would be carried out 24 hours a day to ensure smooth traffic flow and reduce road accidents during the period.
Ismail said a total of 1,000 volunteers from the 1JPJ Youth Squad would be mobilised to assist the agency in its operations during the festive season.
He explained that the young squad would help create awareness on traffic offences and running campaigns to advocate road safety.
"With this initiative we hope that users who frequently commit offences can be educated, and at the same time reduce the number of accidents," he said.