A word of caution to those driving back to their hometown this Chinese New Year as stricter punishments will be imposed during the festive season.

The Transport Minister recently announced that motorists who are caught committing traffic offence, such as abusing the emergency lanes, will not be issued compounds. Instead, they will be charged in court.

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Source: Iqmal Haqim Rosman/NST

During Ops Selamat, there isn’t just compound anymore. Those drivers (who commit) serious offences like overtaking on the double lanes or using the emergency lanes, will be taken straight to court,” Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai was quoted as saying.

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The Transport Minister also added that Ops Selamat, conducted by the Road Transport Department (JPJ), will take place from 21st January to 5th February. In sticking to Ops Selamat’s campaign slogan, which reads “Pandu Cermat, Sampai Selamat”, the initiative is meant to reduce the number of accident cases.

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There are reportedly 480,000 accidents annually that result in 7,000 deaths. “Government can only create awareness and remind the public but if we are to work together then the outcome will be better,” said Liow.

What do y’all think Ops Selamat’s new charge? Do you think it’s fair? Let us know in the comments below.

Sources: The Star, Borneo Post.

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