JOHOR BARU: The Johor Police advised road users to be extra careful while using 22 accident-prone roads in the state during the festive season.
State Police Chief Deputy Comm Datuk Hussin Ismail said among the accident-prone roads were Km 1-Km 8 of Jalan Tun Abdul Razak, Km5 of Ulu Tiram-Jalan Kota Tinggi, Km 18-Km 25 Pasir Gudang highway, Km 10-Km 31 of Jalan Johor Baru-Air Hitam, KM 181-KM 186 of Jalan Johor Baru-Seremban and Km 21-Km 30 Jalan Pasir Gudang.
“Road mishaps and accidents always happen at these locations.
“We urged the public to be more prudent and exercise caution while going back to their hometown this festive season,” he said after launching the Ops Sikap 13 here on Friday.
DCP Hussin said a total of 424 traffic policemen would be de-ployed all over the state for road enforcement duties to prevent accidents.
“All their leave has been frozen as of now,” he said adding that, the police hoped to lessen the number of accidents this year.
DCP Hussin said some traffic police personnel would join the Emergency Response Team (ERT) conmprising firemen and associa-tions such as the Red Crescent.
He said the teams would be placed at KM 170 in Tangkak (northbound), KM 100 in Yong Peng (southbound) and KM 41in Sedenak (northbound) of the North-South Expressway.
The Ops Sikap 12 launched during the Hari Raya period last year, he said, recorded 15,716 accidents nationwide, of which 212 were fatal, which resulted in 228 deaths.
There were 1,966 accidents with 39 deaths in Johor during the period.
Ops Sikap 13 will be on until Oct 21.
In MALACCA, Chief Police Officer Senior Assistant Commis-sioner Datuk Mortadza Nazerene said 120 traffic police personnel would be stationed at several stretches of accident-prone roads in the state.
He hoped the extension to three lanes in the North South Expressway would be completed before the Hari Raya holidays so that it would be safer for road users and also lower road deaths.
“Statistics showed that there had been an increase in fatalities along the highway since the ex-pansion project began because of the narrowed roads and the barriers put in place,” SAC Mortadza said.
He hoped the recent road safety campaigns organised in the state would help lower accidents in-volving motorcyclists.
In the Ops Sikap between Oct 17 and Oct 31 last year, 526 cases were reported, an increase of 75 cases as compared with the similar campaign in 2005. There were only nine fatalities, a reduction of four from the previous year.
SAC Mortadza said 13,644 vehicles were involved in accidents in the state in the first eight months of this year as compared with 12,371 cases for the same period last year.
He said the accident prone roads in the state were KM 213 -247 Jln Sg Udang, Jln Hang Tuah - Paya Rumput, Jln Tun Razak, Jalan Kg Duyong - Tun Hamzah, Jln Lebuh Ayer Keroh, TG Minyak- Btg Tiga, Jln Tun Fatimah and Jln Dato’ Md Zain in Melaka Tengah.
The others are Jln Sg Udang-Masjid Tanah, Jln A/Gajah - Tampin, Jln Paya Rumput - Rumbia, Jln Lubok Cina - Masjid Tanah and Jalan Gangsa - Durian Tunggal in Alor Gajah and KM 13- 32 Jln Melaka Muar, Jln Jasin - Chinchin, Jln Gapam - Bemban, Jln Baru Melaka - Muar in Jasin.
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