KUALA LUMPUR: If you are on the road anytime from today until Feb 25, watch out.
You will be watched all the way along federal roads and highways.
The police, the Road Transport Department and the Road Safety Department are working in concert to ensure road fatalities are reduced this Chinese New Year season.
And they are not the only ones keeping an eye out for errant motorists.
The Road Safety Department has invited public to submit photographs of motorists committing traffic offences.
To ensure good response, it is having a competition for the best picture.
The holiday season competition was launched on Friday and will end on Feb 25, with daily rewards of RM150 for the best picture of the day, and RM100 and RM50 for second and third best pictures.
The pictures will be displayed on the department’s "Hall of Shame/Hall of Merit" website.
"The cash rewards are only for a limited period and will run until Feb 25.
"We want to get the public to participate in our efforts to make our roads safer and the rewards are our way of showing our appreciation for the public’s efforts," said department director-general Datuk Suret Singh.
"We are getting the community involved in an effort to make Malaysian roads safer.
"When they take pictures of queue jumpers, overloaded lorries or motorists running the red light, they give us the information we need to nab the culprits.
"They can send the pictures to the website and get rewarded for their efforts," said Suret.
Suret said the pictures posted at the "Hall of Shame" at www.panducermat.org.my
would be the "censored" versions, with the car plate numbers blurred.
"The original pictures will show the vehicles’ number plates. The information will be passed to the Road Transport Department which will track down the owners.
"We don’t issue a summons based on the photograph. It is up to the RTD to take the next step," added Suret.
Currently, the website displays 1,454 pictures of offenders and offences. The website was launched in July 2005.
Meanwhile, RTD enforcement director Salim Parlan said yesterday the department would put up bases at accident-prone areas to force motorists to slow down at dangerous stretches.
Called Ops Black Spot, it is being carried out simultaneously with Ops Sikap XII (which started yesterday and ends on Feb 25). Ops Sikap was launched yesterday by federal traffic police chief Senior Assistant Commissioner II Datuk Nooryah Md Anvar at the Jalan Duta bus station.
Twelve policemen will be riding in express buses to prevent the drivers from speeding or driving recklessly.
Nooryah warned that anyone who flouted traffic rules would be fined RM300 on the spot.
WHAT THEY SAY
Since the authorities cannot catch all traffic offenders, this system will enable the public to work together with them to nab offenders. This competition should not be confined to festive periods only. It should be carried out throughout the year as accidents happen all the time.
Siti Nurhafnie, 23, marketing manager
I doubt the public will take part because the reward is not high enough. A minimal fine for a traffic offence is RM300 but the top reward is only RM150. This may not be the most effective way to catch offenders but it can be used as an experiment for a month.
Tun Sara Rosliana Rozali, 21, student
Now, even policemen would be careful not to make an illegal turn because they might be captured on a layman’s handphone. Mat Rempit have often been blamed for causing accidents. With this competition, they may have second thoughts about whether to beat the red light or not.
Mohd Azhar Arbaii, 37, army personnel
With this competition, road users will be more alert as there will always be an eye watching their movement and mistakes. They will, thus, be more careful and, hopefully, discard their king-of-the-road attitude.
Suriya Alagasu ,30, business development manager
Malaysian drivers are known for their reckless attitude. They make cuts and turns wherever they feel like doing it. This competition might be just what the doctor ordered. But how are the police going to verify the actual time and location when the offence was committed? There should be a better system than this to reduce traffic offences by drivers.
Lim Yee Chian, 27, administrative executive
The Ops Sikap is working well enough in reducing the number of fatalities. This competition to reward the public who submit photographs should be carried out on ordinary days when there are few policemen on the roads.
Magdalene Louisa Fletcher, 25, marketing executive
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