Errant motorists in police radar

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KUCHING: Sarawak police are going hi-tech to spot errant motorists in the state.

Police commissioner Datuk Aidi Ismail said this would involve using the digital ‘In-Car Radar’ and ‘Intelligent Compound Online Payment System’ (iCOPS).

The new method will make its debut during the upcoming Ops Selamat 17 from January 28 to February 6.

“At the moment, we have five units of digital in-car radars to be utilised in five main cities in Sarawak,” he told a press conference after officiating at the flag-off ceremony of Ops Selamat 17, here on Wednesday.

According to Aidi, the method had been tried and tested by Bukit Aman and had proven to be effective in identifying those on the wrong side of the law.

“Through the system, we will be able to identify stolen vehicles as well as vehicles with outstanding summonses through their registration numbers,” he explained.

Aidi said the upcoming Ops Selamat 17 in conjunction with the Lunar New Year celebration aimed to reduce the rate of road accidents throughout the festive season.

He added that on top of enforcing traffic laws and regulations, the operation would also provide comfort and safety for motorists with police officers and personnel stationed in 56 accident-prone locations in Sarawak.

“Apart from that, police also seek to prevent burglaries in homes left unoccupied by those returning to their hometowns. This is done through patrols carried out periodically to ensure these premises and homes are safe from intruders,” he noted.

Aidi also said the operation would involve all branches and departments of the Sarawak police contingent in all districts of the state.

“Throughout the operation, 750 police officers and personnel will take part to ensure the safety of road users as well as the safety of unoccupied homes.”

Additionally, Aidi said the focus of the operation would be at federal, state and city roads, particularly in accident-prone routes.

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