PDRM prepared for Hari Raya Aidiladha traffic surge

Supt Alexson Naga Chabu

KUCHING, July 30: Sarawak Traffic Investigation and Enforcement (JSPT) department will be monitoring  traffic flow during the upcoming Hari Raya Aidiladha celebration.

As Malaysia celebrates Hari Raya Aidiladha tomorrow (July 31), Sarawak JSPT chief Supt Alexson Naga Chabu said it is expected that there will be an increase in vehicles on the road, especially in major cities.

“JSPT has implemented the Op Lancar from July 28 to Aug 3. We will focus on locations that are known for traffic congestion and frequent accident sites.

“A total of 23 locations has been identified. Most of them are located in big cities such as Kuching, Miri, Sibu and Bintulu where there are large population and vehicles,” Alexson said.

He added that the operation is to ensure smooth and controlled traffic especially during peak hours and festive season.

In addition, the Royal Malaysian Police (PDRM) Sarawak will also enforce the standard operating procedure (SOP) under Recovery Movement Control Order (RMCO) against Covid-19.

Alexson pointed that their focus areas are throughout Sarawak, including public rest stops along the Pan-Borneo highway.

“For those who want to return to their respective villages to either celebrate Hari Raya Aidiladha or for holiday, they are strongly advised to obey the speed limit allowed on a particular and to follow traffic signs as indicated.

“Do not drive slowly on the right lane especially on the two one-way lanes along Jalan Serian Kuching and avoid following vehicles that are in front too closely.

“Ensure the vehicles you are using is in good and safe condition, especially those driving on long distance journey and always practice considerate attitude to other road users as well because everyone want to reach their destination safely,” Alexson advised.

He added that it is also wise to plan a schedule travel time and for those who are tired or sleepy during the journey should take a break of at least 15 minutes or replace the driver.—DayakDaily