Ops Selamat to make road safe statewide

Daryll Law

SAMARAHAN: The Road and Transport Department (JPJ) has issued 232 traffic summonses for various traffic offences, as it enters its third day of enforcement operations (Ops Selamat) in conjunction with the Gawai Dayak Festival and Hari Raya Aidilfitri festivities.

Its state director Syafiq Anas Abdullah said the department launched the road safety campaign which will last for a month from May 13 till June 13, involving 90 officers and personnel statewide.

JPJ State director Mohd Syafiq Anas Abdullah speaks to reporters.

“As of Thursday, for motorcycle operation, we have issued 34 summonses from 198 motorcycles inspected. The operation was held at the Kuching – Serian Road,” he told reporters during a motorcycle operation held at Kuching – Samarahan Expressway today.

Syafiq revealed that the department has implemented the ‘Hit and Run’ method to detain motorcyclists who attempt to flee from roadblocks.

According to him, the Motorcycle Enforcement Unit (UPB) will be stationed at specific locations to detain motorcyclists for offences such as making a U-turn after realising there is a roadblock up ahead.

One of the motorcyclists is photographed as he tries to escape the road block and is chased by a JPJ officer.

“With the UPB we are able to ‘hit’ them from behind (follow the offender’s trail).

“Apart from that our officers will also disguise themselves as bus passengers to ensure that the bus operators do endanger their passengers.

He pointed out that a total of 14 busses have been ordered to undergo safety checks to ensure they are road-worthy.

JPJ personnel check motorcyclists in Motorbike Special Ops in conjunction with Gawai Dayak and Hari Raya celebrations along Jalan Kuching-Samarahan Expressway. Photos: Mohd Alif Noni
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