KUALA LUMPUR: Forty-two deaths due to road accidents were recorded in the first three days of ‘Op Selamat 16’ held in conjunction with the Chinese New year celebration.

Bukit Aman Traffic Investigation and Enforcement Department director Datuk Azisman Alias said of the total, 28 cases involved motorcyclists and their pillion riders.

There were 4,971 road accidents involving 7,480 vehicles since the operation was launched last Saturday, he said in a statement here today.

Azisman said Selangor recorded the highest number of accidents at 1,557 cases, followed by Johor (786 cases) and Kuala Lumpur (548 cases).

“A total of 70,804 summonses were issued during that period,” he said.

Op Selamat 16/2020 which is being conducted from Jan 18 until Feb 1 focuses on six major traffic offences, namely driving in the emergency lane, overtaking on double lines, using mobile phones, cutting queue, speeding and not obeying traffic light. - Bernama