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4.7 million vehicles expected on roads during Hari Raya

This is due in part to the longer Raya break with many expected to celebrate in their home towns after two years of movement restrictions.

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Some 4.7 million vehicles are expected to hit the road nationwide in conjunction with Hari Raya Aidilfitri next month, says Bukit Aman Traffic Investigation and Enforcement Department (JSPT) director Mat Kasim Karim.

He said given the expected increase in vehicles, JSPT would mobilise 6,559 traffic officers and personnel at contingent and district levels to ensure traffic smoothness and safety.

“The Raya holiday this year is quite long and many are expected to celebrate in their home towns after two years of not being allowed to cross borders, in 2020 and last year, when the country was still struggling with a spike in Covid-19 cases,” he told Bernama today.

Mat Kasim said as in previous years, road safety operation Op Selamat 18 with the theme “Rumah Selamat, Selamat Sampai Ke Destinasi” will also be conducted from April 29 to May 8.

He said it would focus on the prevention of burglaries and seek to minimise the rate of road accidents during the festive season.

“In this Op Selamat 18, JSPT will focus on Op Motosikal (motorcycles), Op Had Laju (speed limit) and Op Perdagangan (trade), where no appeals will be considered to ensure that road users comply with the law,” he said.

He added that JSPT had done careful planning to ensure that the accident rate could be reduced by at least 50%.

“Use of JSPT assets such as motorcycles and patrol cars will also be optimised for enforcement duties and ‘omnipresent’ patrols in hotspots throughout the country,” he said.

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