Impatient motorists try to circumvent roadblock at expressway

KUALA LUMPUR: A major roadblock mounted by the authorities on the Kuala Lumpur-Karak Expressway near Gombak here today saw many road-users making illegal turns and riding against traffic to avoid the congestion.

This was observed during the Op Bersepadu led by Bukit Aman Traffic Investigation and Enforcement Department (JSPT) Intelligence Operations head Assistant Superintendent Mohd Rizam Surani, together with the Road Transport Department (RTD) and National Anti-Drug Agency (AADK).

Motorcyclists, including those on high-powered motorcycles, were seen riding against traffic, endangering other road users in the process.

Tensions were further escalated by the revving of motorcycle engines and highway users recording the actions of enforcement officers.

Bukit Aman Traffic Investigation and Enforcement Department (JSPT) acting director Datuk Mohd Nasri Omar said the operation, which began at 7am, resulted in only 28 summonses being issued for various offences.

"The offences include three cases of driving without a licence, one case of an expired licence, three cases of exhaust modifications, one case of not displaying an 'L' sticker, 16 cases of unclear or fancy number plates, and other miscellaneous offences.

"A total of 80 vehicles, including 44 cars and 36 motorcycles, were inspected during this operation," he said in a statement today.

Nasri said the RTD issued 18 summonses and directed 16 vehicles to undergo inspection.

"The objective of the operation is to advocate road safety among highway users. We want to ensure that road users complied with the law, including using vehicles that met proper specifications, following numerous public complaints along the East Coast Highway," he said.

Enforcement actions were taken only against those who were non-compliant and posed a danger to themselves and other road users, such as modified vehicles and incomplete specifications.

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