KUALA LUMPUR: Eight road users died nationwide on the second day of Ops Sikap XVII yesterday, bringing the total number of fatalities to 23.
Bukit Aman public relations officer Supt Rasdi Ramli said in a statement yesterday that of the eight who died, four were in cars, three on motorcycles and one a lorry driver.
He said urban roads recorded the highest number of accident cases at 451, followed by federal roads (231), state roads (169), highways (86) and other roads (50).
Rasdi said 10,829 traffic summonses were issued.
Ops Sikap XVII which ends on Oct 8 is to prevent road accidents over the Hari Raya Aidilfitri festive period.
Some 1,722 buses have also been checked by the Road Transport Department at 29 bus terminals nationwide in the first 24 hours of the operation.
JPJ enforcement director Salim Parlan said his department had taken action against 78 buses and detected 114 offences.
“We also issued 81 summonses for various offences including 25 for overloaded lorries, 22 for bus drivers with expired driving licences and one for a bus missing its logbook,” he said at the Larkin bus terminal on Thursday night.
He said a 48-year-old driver whose bus was about to depart from the Bukit Jalil Sports Complex in Kuala Lumpur for Singapore failed his urine test and was not allowed to proceed with his journey.
The company had to find a replacement driver.
Salim said that the operations were conducted in cooperation with the National Anti-Drug Agency, the police narcotics department and the Commercial Vehicle Licensing Board.
Malaysian Highway Authority (MHA) director-general Datuk Mohamad said all road work along highways have been put on hold so as to not disrupt traffic flow.
“Starting today, we have also increased the number of road patrol officers and highway cameras so any accidents or other emergencies can be taken care of immediately,” he said yesterday.
For live traffic updates, Razali said road users could call MHA’s 24-hour hotline at 1-800-88-7752.
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