KUCHING: Various enforcement measures, including visual recordings, will be used to catch traffic offenders during the state-wide Ops Sikap which kicks off today until Sept 19 in conjunction with Hari Raya.
Visual recordings, introduced early this year, has proven to be very effective in catching traffic offenders.
Sarawak Road Transport Department director Abdul Hamed Akob said the measures was necessary to ensure that travellers arrive at their respective destinations safe.
Abdul Hamed told reporters here yesterday that the two main factors contributing to fatal road accidents were non-compliance to seat belt and helmet ruling.
The state booked 1,474 drivers and passengers in Sarawak between January and August for not wearing seat belts and 275 for not wearing helmets.
Some 865 summonses for light traffic offences and 2,600 for overloading were also issued.
All of these offences carry a RM300 fine.
The state identified 32 roads as accident-prone areas.
Four of them have been categorised as “death stretches.”
They are located on the Kuching-Serian road, Bukit Sebangkoi Sarikei road, Oya Sibu road and Kidurong Bintulu road.
Hamed said that regular inspection of all express buses would be carried out and would focus on tyre threads and brake conditions.
He said his department, the police and the National Anti-Drug Agency would also collaborate to detect drug abuse among drivers.
“The public is encouraged to inform the department if taxi and chartered taxi operators overcharge, refuse to use their meters or ferry passengers,” he said.
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