KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 28 -― Motorcyclists and their pillion riders made up the majority of deaths on the road during the recent Ops Selamat campaign over the Chinese New Year period.
However, police statistics showed an overall drop in the number of overall road fatalities at 208 cases this year compared to 235 for the same period last year.
The annual operation during the festive season ran from February 9 until February 23.
“Total fatalities have also decreased by 12.1 per cent from 257 deaths in 2017 to 226 deaths, a difference of 31 people.
“Out of the 208 incidents, 150 deaths involved motorcyclist and pillion riders followed by motorcar at 46 deaths,” Deputy Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Noor Rashid Ibrahim said after officiating the closing ceremony of this year's Ops Selamat 12/2018 at the federal police headquarters here today.
Overall accidents reported increased by 1.4 per cent or 289 cases to 21,041 this year compared to 20,752 in 2017.
A total of 385,547 summonses were issued this year compared to 255,392 in 2017.
Noor Rashid said 82 cases of crashes were self-inflicted, caused by speeding, recklessness and fatigue.
He added that speeding remained the number one traffic violation committed by motorists with over 253,810 summonses issued.
The six major traffic offences identified were speeding, driving on the emergency lane, overtaking on double lines, cutting queue, disregarding traffic signals and using communication devices.
“All these offences are related to the attitude or the civic-mindedness of road users and these are the main causes of road accidents in our country.
“A prudent driver is one who considers other drivers safety and his own safety. I believe we can achieve better safety on the road with continuous efforts made by stakeholders in cooperation with the police,” he said.
Noor Rashid said the police was focusing on repeated traffic offenders by suggesting these individuals to undergo classes organised by other traffic enforcement agencies.
“We want to prioritise on reducing fatal accidents and also intensify campaigns to prevent accidents by educating the public on acceptable driving behaviour.
“We have their records and we can identify those who violate traffic rules frequently,” he said.
Meanwhile police also recorded a significant drop in house break-ins reported of 20.9 per cent or 592 cases compared to 748 cases last year.
Out of the 592, 579 suspects have been arrested with 180 cases solved.
“The overall success is attributed to the strict enforcement measures conducted by the police's Crime Prevention and Community Safety Department who have prioritised patrols on premises that have been left empty during the festive season.
“The public's heightened awareness on personal belongings safety was also one of the contributing factor,” he said.