Thursday February 21, 2013
50 rewarded for good driving habits
By FARIK ZOLKEPLI and AUSTIN CAMOENS
KUALA LUMPUR: Police have awarded 50 motorists cash and certificates for good driving habits in conjunction with the Ops Selamat campaign.
Project manager Cynthia Simon, in her 40s, said she was surprised to get the award.
“I was supposed to go to Jakarta but I cancelled it to be here,” she said after receiving the award from Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Ismail Omar.
She said it was gratifying to be acknowledged for driving safely.
Express bus driver Ang Leng Sun, 47, said he took road regulations very seriously.
“Being a bus driver, I hold the lives of hundreds of people in my hands.
“It's a big responsibility,” he said, adding that he was proud to be recognised.
Another bus driver, Shafie Ismail, 48, said he has been driving for 15 years.
“It's nice to know that my efforts are noticed,” he said, adding that he had not received a traffic summons for several years.
Ismail said the awards system was a way to recognise drivers' good habits, increase awareness on road safety and reduce traffic accidents.
“The drivers selected did not receive traffic summonses for the past three years,'' he said.
In his speech during the awards ceremony in KL Sentral yesterday, Ismail said Ops Selamat from Feb 3 to 17 recorded a 4.5% drop in traffic accidents compared to the same period last year.
“There were a total of 16,287 accidents this year compared to 17,054 accidents in 2012,” he said, adding that although the accident rate had decreased, fatal accidents were on the rise with 194 fatalities recorded this year compared to 168 deaths in 2011.