KUALA LUMPUR: Twenty people died in road accidents on the fourth day of Op Selamat 15, the highest number since the campaign began on Wednesday.
However, federal police traffic and enforcement investigation department director Datuk Azisman Alias said the total number of fatal accidents and fatalities had gone down compared with Op Selamat 13 conducted during the Raya period last year.
“The current trend is better than Op Selamat 13. Last year, 70 fatal accidents were recorded with 73 fatalities.
“This year, as of June 1, the fourth day of Op Selamat 15, 63 fatal accidents were recorded with 69 people killed.
“Fatal accidents have declined by 10 per cent and fatalities by 5.5 per cent,” he told the New Straits Times.
Azisman said the total number of accidents had increased by about 10.5 per cent from 6,343 cases to 7,012 cases for the same period.
Inspector-General of Police Secretariat corporate communications head Datuk Asmawati Ahmad said Selangor had recorded the largest number of cases at 2,154, followed by Johor (1,069), Kuala Lumpur (989), Penang (616) and Perak (479).
She said police issued 96,127 summonses nationwide in 1,238 operations for various offences.
Asmawati said police recorded 158 break-ins as of June 1, with 96 cases taking place at homes, 34 at shops, 19 at offices, four at factories, two at stores, and one each at a school, house of worship and container.
She advised road users to make sure their vehicles were in tip-top condition before they started their journeys.
“For those who are traveling on a long journey, get enough rest.
“Abide by the highway code and traffic rules, and respect other road users. Exercise patience and give way where you can,” she said.
The 14-day operation ends on June 12.
Meanwhile, Plus Malaysia Bhd operations excellence head Mohd Yusuff Abdul Aziz said traffic was smooth in most of the major highways.
“Traffic is slow moving from the Menora Tunnel to the Ipoh Utara toll plaza and Singapore towards Malaysia due to heavy traffic.
“Traffic is smooth in most of the highways, including the Penang Bridge, Butterworth-Kulim Expressway, New Klang Valley Expressway, Elite, Seremban-Port Dickson Highway and the Second Link despite there being rain in certain areas.”
He added that traffic along the East Coast Expressway 2 from Chenih to Kuala Terengganu in both directions was smooth and well controlled at all main toll plazas.
To ensure this continues in the following days, Yusuff reminded all road users to follow the travel time advisory and top up on Touch ‘N Go well in advance.
“It’s also advisable to download the PLUS app or call our PLUSline at 1800-88-0000 to get the latest real time traffic updates.”