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Traffic police can summon within school compounds: Perlis police chief

14 Jan 2020 / 22:46 H.

ARAU: Traffic policemen can summon any individual who commits traffic offences within the school compound because it has been requested by the school management itself.

Perlis police chief Datuk Surina Saad said traffic police could carry out their duties anywhere because it was within their jurisdiction after obtaining permission from the school management.

“In fact, we have been invited to come to the school first to conduct advocacy programmes for students on road safety. After that only will we come to the school to conduct the operation dubbed ‘Op Didik’,” he told Bernama after launching the Perlis Contingent PDRM Football League at the Syed Sirajuddin Areeb Putra Sports Complex, Universiti Malaysia Perlis, Pauh Putra, here today.

Surina said this when asked to comment on an issue gone viral on social media about traffic police conducting an operation and summoning students inside the school grounds, which has led to dissatisfaction among some parents who think it is unlawful.

She said five schools were selected in Perlis and only after students had undergone the advocacy programme were actions and operations carried out, she said without disclosing the details of the schools involved.

“More than 60 summonses were issued and most were for not having driving licence, including a summon against a vehicle owner. The summons we issue is more about educating parents on the importance of their children obtaining driving licence first,” said Surina, adding that “the safety of children are of paramount importance”. - Bernama

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