2017 ‘Ops Selamat’ had showed lower cases of fatal accidents compared to 2016
The Royal Malaysian Police has officially launched ‘Ops Selamat 12’ earlier today in conjunction with the Chinese New Year (CNY) festival. The nationwide police operation is aimed at preventing break-ins at homes and minimising road accidents.
According to the Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Tan Sri Mohamad Fuzi Harun, the implementation of last year’s ‘Ops Selamat’ resulted in a positive impact on lowering road accidents and fatalities.
Records show that there were 235 fatal accidents in 2017 compared to 261 the year before, while deaths showed a drop of 22 cases to 257 cases last year, compared to 279 cases in 2016.
"Some of the causes of (road) deaths have been identified as carelessness (on the part of drivers and motorcyclists), swerving to the opposite lane, sudden stop of the vehicle and physical factors such as drowsiness," he told a press conference after flagging off the 'Ops Selamat 12' at the Ulu Bernam Rest and Service (RSA) area, North-South Expressway.
At the same event, the IGP also announced of the Highway Investigation Unit (USLR) for the Central Zone which is set-up to investigate minor accidents. He elaborated that the USLR had received positive response during its trial phase on 7 September 2017. There was also a survey on 400 customers with up to 383 of them describing its establishment as very good.
On another note, Tan Sri Mohd Sheriff Mohd Kassim who is PLUS Malaysia Berhad chairman had commented during the event that the company has made various arrangements to help smooth running of traffic. This includes toll rebates and issuance of travel time advisory.