Eye on 146 accident hotspots

PETALING JAYA - The Road Transport Depart-ment (JPJ) has identified accident-prone areas throughout the country ahead of the balik kampung rush for Hari Raya.

Director-general Datuk Ismail Ahmad said the department has identified 146 hotspots to be monitored by JPJ and the police during the rush.

"We will be placing our personnel at these spots," he said, adding that 72 spots would be supervised by JPJ and the remaining 74 by the police.

"Both JPJ and the police have the same objective to ensure fewer accidents. We have an understanding on how to work together to monitor the traffic safety," he told reporters after a joint operation with five other agencies at the South Puchong toll yesterday.

Ismail said, compared to last year, there was a decrease in the number of hotspots due to rehabilitative works done on the roads.

"This year, we will concentrate our efforts on the safety of motorcycles and express buses as we find that many accidents are from this category.

"For the express buses, our personnel will inspect the vehicles at the various depots and terminals," he said.

"Our personnel will also check whether the drivers are fit and other agencies like the National Anti-Drug Agency will test the urine of the drivers to ensure they are drug-free," he added.

Ismail said heavy vehicles such as lorries would not be allowed into the main cities on Aug 6 and 7 and Aug 17 and 18.

During the joint operation, Ismail said 69 compounds were issued to motorists for various offences while nine others were issued notices to bring their vehicles for inspection.