KUALA LUMPUR: Traffic police will use the “gentle approach” with motorists during festive season operations to change their attitudes and reduce fatal accidents.
The “gentle approach” is part of its “creative enforcement” strategy which was developed with the co-operation of the Malaysian Road Safety Research Institute (Myros).
Other aspects of the strategy are advocacy, time travel advisory, intelligent enforcement and identification of accident-prone areas.
Bukit Aman traffic police chief Datuk Hamza Taib said that while the “gentle approach” was being applied, police would still employ other enforcement measures like going undercover.
Myros director-general Prof Dr Ahmad Farhan Mohd Sadullah was confident that the advice strategy would be more effective on motorists over the long term.
“This new strategy by Myros is different than that of the police who believe in issuing summonses. A study showed that advice is better as it is about self-regulation,” he told Bernama.
Prof Ahmad Farhan, however, said advice could apply to certain offences only and not serious ones.
“Some offenders are ignorant of the law. As such, advice will be effective on these road users,” he said, adding that the new strategy would be reviewed after Raya Aidilfitri.
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