SHAH ALAM: There will be no more hidden roadblocks and traps to book speeding motorists as police will now conduct such operations in the open.
Deputy Inspector-General of Police Datuk Khalid Abu Bakar, who announced this yesterday, said there would be no more “ambush” in such operations.
He said signs would be placed ahead of speed traps and roadblocks to forewarn motorists.
“We should not be hiding behind bushes or trees. We should come out in the open and enforce the law,” he said after attending a public dialogue session at the “A Day with the Police” event held at the Selangor police contingent headquarters.
The newly-promoted deputy police chief said the move was also in line with making the force more transparent.
“We should educate the public against committing traffic offences, not just give out summonses.
“The first step towards that is to be more open and transparent,” he said.
Khalid, however, explained this did not mean police were going to go easy on speed demons.
“Just because you do not see us it does not mean you can speed and break traffic laws.
“Other than speed traps which will be done in the open, we are looking at other ways to discourage traffic offences.
“One is to have more cameras installed along roads,” he said.
Former Transparency International Malaysia president Tan Sri Ramon Navaratnam, in an immediate response, said he welcomed the move as it indicated that police wanted to be transparent.
“This will increase public confidence in them.
“Being transparent to prevent rather than to punish shows that the police are trying to be friends of the public,” he said.
Bank staff Phua Eu Jin, 23, said conducting operations in the open to nab speeding drivers would be more effective.
“The police have been conducting speed traps by placing cameras behind large pillars and hiding behind bushes.
“This was not much of a deterrent as most motorists did not know they were caught speeding until summonses were mailed to their homes,” he said.
Engineer Shawn Dass, 23, said speed traps to ambush motorists were not safe as accidents could happen.
Selangor and Kuala Lumpur Tipper Lorry Owners Association president Lee Keen Seng welcomed the directive, saying the association had been appealing for such a change.
“This is good for all drivers, not just lorry drivers, as visible policemen are a much more effective deterrent,” he said.
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