KUALA TERENGGANU: Motorists, be forewarned. Do not expect a goodie bag or a piping cuppa on your balik kampung rush this coming Hari Raya.
Instead, what will be “served” at rest areas and selected stretches will be pictures of gory accidents and gruesome injuries - to “shock” everyone into driving safely back home.
Road Transport Department director-general Datuk Solah Mat Hassan, who announced this, said the time had come to introduce scare tactics as previous campaigns did not seem to work.
During the Raya balik kampung rush last year, 261 road fatalities were recorded, compared to 208 in 2008 and 225 in 2007.
“Instead of wishing Selamat Hari Raya to motorists, our officers will relay the greeting of Selamat Gunakan Jalan Raya (be safe on the road),’’ he said after attending a community event organised by the department at the orang asli settlement in Sungai Berua near Kuala Berang.
It has been a practice over the past few years for motorists on balik kampung journeys to be served with refreshments at selected rest areas and petrol kiosks.
To further “drive home the message,” Solah said pamphlets with statistics of accidents that occurred at all killer stretches and the number of deaths recorded would also be distributed to motorists.
He said a total of 202 roads and highways have been identified as “killer stretches”, (see box) adding that these spots would be given extra attention during the balik kampung rush this Hari Raya.
“This will include round-the-clock enforcement and surveillance,’’ he added.
Solah said 4,600 department officers would be deployed, adding that officers would also be stationed at 36 bus terminals nationwide the week before and after Hari Raya to check on express buses, drivers’ licences, log books and conduct urine tests with the cooperation of the police anti-narcotics unit.
He said taxi drivers would also be booked if they tried to overcharge passengers or refused to use meters.
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