PETALING JAYA: Traffic operations should be held throughout the year and not only during the festive seasons, several groups suggested.
Federation of Malaysian Consumers Asso-ciations (Fomca) president Datuk N. Marimuthu said if Ops Sikap was not restricted only to festive periods, road users would “behave” because they would know they are watched.
He said the Government and authorities had come up with various ways to reduce the number of fatalities but everything depended on the attitude of road users.
“Many accidents are occurring every day. It is as if people don’t value their own lives. They should be disciplined and know the common things that should be practised while driving,” he said.
Jason Ong, the immediate past president of the Xaverian Club of Kuala Lumpur, agreed that these traffic operations should be held continuously throughout the year as road users tended to take things for granted.
“Whenever the festive season arrives, Ops Sikap will be introduced highlighting the number of road fatalities.
“It is not effective because this operation is seasonal so people may take it lightly,” said Ong.
He said authorities should come up with a well-coordinated plan to reduce road fatalities by focusing more on locations where accidents frequently occurred.
He also stressed that repairs should be carried out on roads in poor condition as this is one of the causes of accidents.
Yesterday, Transport Minister Datuk Seri Ong Tee Keat said the authorities would not entertain any appeal from motorists issued with maximum fines for nine offences during Ops Sikap for the Chinese New Year festive period from Feb 8 to Feb 22.
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