KUALA LUMPUR: If you are going to balik kampung this festive season, leave in the morning.
Federal Police Traffic Chief Senior Asst Comm (II) Nooryah Md Anvar said that this could help reduce road deaths.
She said statistics from previous Ops Sikap revealed that most fatal accidents during festive periods occurred between noon to 6pm, a period when people usually felt tired or drowsy.
“Try to travel in the morning as not only will you be fresher, but the roads will also be less jammed,” she said.
SAC Nooryah, who will be on duty with 4,939 traffic police personnel during the Deepavali and Hari Raya holidays, said police would call in the General Operations Force (GOF) and the Federal Reserve Unit (FRU) to assist in traffic control during Ops Sikap XI from Oct 17 to Oct 31.
The GOF will contribute 396 personnel and the FRU 219.
SAC Nooryah also said that traffic between Oct 18 and 23 is expected to be bad, with the worst days being Oct 19 and Oct 20.
She reminded motorists, especially bus drivers, to keep to the reduced speed limits along federal and state roads.
Police had identified 324 traffic “hotspots” throughout the country, 87 on highways, 222 on federal roads and 15 on municipal roads.
Motorists should be extra wary on 42 of these spots – 32 along federal roads, six on inter-state roads and four on municipal roads.
SAC Nooryah said federal roads posed an extra danger compared with highways as there was no motorcycle lane.
She said her unit will be working with other uniformed bodies, volunteers services and PLUS highway to provide emergency assistance in case of accidents.
“We have formed Emergency Response Teams (ERT),” she said.
By MARC LOURDES
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