Over 3,000 RTD officers on duty during Raya season

IPOH: Some 3,128 Road Transport Department (RTD) enforcement officers will be on duty nationwide during the Hari-Raya festive season to nab traffic offenders.

RTD's Deputy Director General (operations) Datuk Yusoff Ayob said a total of 815 patrol vehicles will be on the roads and highways during the operations.

"We are not out to issue summonses, we want motorists to reach their destination safely, the officers had to sacrifice their celebration to be on duty," he told reporters after leading RTD officers to conduct checks on buses at the Amanjaya Bus Terminal in Meru here yesterday.

He said the seven major traffic offences are using mobile phones to talk and send messages which tops the list while others are beating traffic lights, overtaking at double lines, driving on emergency lanes and on right lanes by heavy vehicles and speeding.

Yusoff also reminded motorists of seven additional Automated Awareness Safety System (AWAS) cameras installed in various locations.

There are 14 existing cameras to capture speeding vehicles.

The new cameras are located at KM151.4 of PLUS highway at Pagoh, KM299.9 of PLUS highway in Kampar, KM17 of the Gua Musang-Kuala Krai road, KM96.3 PLUS highway Kuala Muda Sungai Petani, KM256.1 of the East Coast Highway 2, KM288.6 East Coast Highway 2 and KM146 PLUS highway at Pagoh.

Meanwhile, in Perak, enforcement officers detected various technical offences committed by 10 out of 515 buses at four bus terminals in Amanjaya, Taiping, Manjung and Teluk Intan since operations during the festive season started on June 18.