Malaysian police crack down on traffic offenders

Malaysian police crack down on traffic offenders

KUALA LUMPUR: POLICE are arresting motorists with outstanding traffic summonses with 11 people detained in the city centre on Saturday.

Another 257 summonses were issued to traffic offenders during the multi-agency Op Bersepadu, in which a total of 944 vehicles were inspected.

The 11 were nabbed when police checks at roadblocks near Dataran Merdeka here found that they had outstanding warrants. City police Internal Security and Public Order Department chief Datuk Wan Abdul Bari Wan Abdul Khalid said authorities also caught two motorists after they were found driving under the influence of alcohol.

He said in the course of the operation, which was conducted at four locations, 44 motorcycles were impounded.

The four areas were Dataran Merdeka, Jalan Sultan Ismail, Jalan Tun Perak and Jalan Raja Laut.

The operation was conducted by officers from the Road Transport Department (RTD), Environment Department, City Hall and police Narcotics Department.

During the four-hour exercise, which started at 9pm, police issued 257 summonses for various offences, including 35 summonses for driving or riding without a licence and 43 for having expired licences.

The RTD issued 26 summonses against motorists who used heavily tinted windows, while 56 motorists were ordered to send their vehicles for inspection and eight others issued notices barring them from operating their vehicles for not adhering to legal specifications.

The Environment Department also issued six summonses for noise and gas emission above permitted levels.

During the operation, several drivers and motorcyclists were seen trying to evade the authorities by speeding away, including a motorcycle rider who sped against traffic with his pregnant girlfriend riding pillion.

Traffic police chased the suspects on a motorcycle for several kilometres before they were eventually stopped.

The 19-year-old girl, who is 7-months pregnant, told police she was terrified during the chase.

She said that she had screamed for her boyfriend to stop, but her pleas were ignored.

It was learnt the motorcycle rider had tried to evade the road block because he did not have a valid driving licence.

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