Thursday, 30 August 2012

Ops Selamat records fewer accidents this Hari Raya

KUALA LUMPUR: Road accidents nationwide fell by 8.5% during the Ops Selamat campaign over the Hari Raya holidays compared to the same period last year.

Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Ismail Omar said 17,937 accidents were reported during the period compared to 19,606 last year, a drop of 1,669 cases.

He said 243 fatalities were reported during the period compared to 289 last year.

Ismail was speaking to reporters after handing out certificates to law-abiding motorists at Bukit Aman on Wednesday.

“Motorcyclists still make up the majority of the fatalities with 153 deaths this year, but the death toll dropped by 14% compared to Ops Sikap last year,” he said.

He attributed the decrease in accidents this year to public awareness on the dangers of reckless driving.

“Enforcement efforts at the 193 black spots also contributed to the positive development,” he said.

Ismail added that during the Hari Raya holidays, 67,807 police patrols were conducted at neighbourhoods nationwide.

“This year, 26,726 home owners notified police before leaving their homes for the holidays.

“During this period 1,029 house break-in cases were reported, showing a drop of 17% compared to the 1,246 cases reported last year,” he said.

He said results from Ops Selamat would be analysed together with the Road Transport Department, the Land Public Transport Commission and the Malaysian Institute of Road Safety Research.

“We will improve our efforts in time for the Deepavali and Christmas holiday period at the end of the year,” he said.

During the event, Ismail also handed over certificates of appreciation and souvenirs to 50 outstanding bus and car drivers as well as 30 motorcyclists.

He said the motorists selected had not committed traffic offences over the past three years.
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