Saturday August 18, 2012
Motorists nabbed for various traffic offences during operations
MALACCA: Five motorists had tested positive for drugs during a four-hour traffic operation held in-conjunction with Hari Raya along the Alor Gajah-Malacca-Jasin (AMJ) highway near Semambok.
They were among 58 motorists screened for drugs during the operation jointly organised by several enforcement agencies from the state on Wednesday.
Some 169 personnel including state Road Transport Department (RTD), National Anti-Drugs Agency, MalaysianAnti-Corruption Commission (MACC), Immigration Department, Road SafetyCouncil and police were involved.
The operation that was led by the RTD saw some 183 traffic-related offences and drug cases recorded between 8pm to 12am.
RTD deputy director-general Datuk Ismail Ahmad who supervised the operations the blitz against errant motorits was also launched simultaneously nationwide to ensure road safety for motorists during the balik kampung exodus.
“The objective for the initiating such an operation is to create awareness to motorists on traffic regulations and to reduce the number of road fatalities during this Hari Raya rush,” he said, adding that motorcyclists topped the list of the offenders during the operation.
Ismail added that 12 motorcycles, a car and a one-tonne lorry were clamped during the operation when the owners were found to have been driving their vehicles without valid road taxes and driving licences.
RTD operations held throughout major trunk roads and expressways in the country also emphasised on road worthiness of express busses.
He said some 2,265 buses were checked at all bus terminals inthe country since the operation was launched by Transport Minister Datuk Seri Khong Cho Ha on Aug 9 at the Bandar Tasik Selatan busterminal in Kuala Lumpur.
“From the launch of the operation to Aug 14, 75 out of the 2,265 buses checked were taken off the road after the vehicles failed brake tests and were found using retread tyres.”
As a standard practise, Ismail said the RTD would continue to place two undercover enforcement officers in express buses to monitor its driver and record any offences commited by them.
Enforcement officers disguised as passengers in 441 bus trips nationwide had apprehended a total of 228 drivers committing the traffic offences between Aug 9 to Aug 14.
Apart from enforcement activities, he said that the RTD had also intensified vigilance at 151 stretches around the country which are identified as accident-prone.
In Malacca, the ‘death-zones’ were identified in Km9 Jalan Gapam-Bemban, Km27.5 Jalan Melaka-Muar and AMJ Highway Paya Datok Alor Gajah.
Ismail added that motorcyclists would be the RTD’s main focus during the festive rush as 61% out of 6,877 accidents involving motorcycles ended up in death.