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(File pix) A staggering 138 people were killed in road accidents nationwide since the start of the Chinese New Year travel rush – as well as the ‘Op Selamat’ traffic safety operation – nine days ago. NSTP

KUALA LUMPUR: A staggering 138 people were killed in road accidents nationwide since the start of the Chinese New Year travel rush – as well as the ‘Op Selamat’ traffic safety operation – nine days ago.

Of the dead, 94 are motorcyclists and pillion riders, Bernama reported.

The period saw 14,087 road crashes – 127 of which were fatal – with Selangor witnessing the highest number of cases at 4,089, followed by Johor (2,194), Kuala Lumpur (1,616) and Penang (1,147).

“During the same period, 233,454 summonses were issued, with 146,008 of them for offences including using handphones while driving, beating traffic lights, speeding, driving in emergency lanes, and overtaking on double lines,” said Bukit Aman Traffic Enforcement and Investigation director Datuk Azisman Alias.

Op Selamat, which was launched on Jan 18, ends on Feb 1.

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