Published: Wednesday February 20, 2013 MYT 2:52:00 PM
Updated: Wednesday February 20, 2013 MYT 2:55:33 PM
Police award 50 motorists with cash and certificate for driving safely
By FARIK ZOLKEPLI and AUSTIN CAMOENS
KUALA LUMPUR: Fifty motorists have each been awarded RM100 in cash and a certificate for exemplary driving etiquette, in conjunction with the police's Ops Selamat campaign early this month.
The drivers selected have not received any traffic summons in the last three years.
Project manager Cynthia Simon, in her 40s, said she was surprised when informed about the awards.
"I initially meant to go on a trip to Jakarta but cancelled it to receive the award," she said after receiving the award Wednesday.
She added that it was gratifying to be selected for safe driving.
Express bus driver Ang Leng Sun, 47, said he took traffic regulations very seriously.
"Being a bus driver, I hold the lives of hundreds of people in my hands daily.
"“It is a big responsibility and I want to do it to the best of my abilities," he said, adding that he was proud to receive an award from the police.
Another bus driver Shafie Ismail, 48, said he had been driving for 15 years and this was the first time he was getting an award for it.
"It's nice to know that my efforts are noticed," he said.
Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Ismail Omar said these drivers should be emulated to further enhance road safety and reduce traffic accidents.
In his speech during the awards ceremony in KL Sentral, Ismail said Ops Selamat, held from Feb 3 to Feb 17, recorded a 4.5% drop in traffic accidents compared with the same period last year.
"There were a total of 16,287 accidents this year compared with 17,054 in 2012," he said.
However, he said fatal accidents were on the rise with 194 deaths recorded this year compared with 168 in 2012.