Bukit Aman out to nab foreigners with outstanding traffic summonses


KUCHING: The Bukit Aman Investigation and Traffic Enforcement Department will continue to conduct operations with the respective local police to nab foreigners with outstanding traffic summonses.

Its director, SAC Datuk Mahamad Akhir Darus said, here, today that these major operations were specially for states like Kelantan at its border with Thailand, Johor at its border with Singapore and Sabah and Sarawak at their borders with Indonesia.

“In addition, there are smaller operations mounted by the respective police contingents,” he told reporters after presenting 32 units of Kawasaki Ninja EX 250L motorcycles to state Police Commissioner, Datuk Mazlan Mansor.

“We want to ensure that they pay their summonses before leaving the country.

“We also want them to respect our laws and to assist in reducing road accidents,” he said.

Mahamad Akhir said the most common offences committed by foreigners were speeding because of this country’s long and very good highways, and illegal parking.

He, however, could not give offhand the number nabbed so far.

In Sarawak, he said, police too had eyed the road leading to the border town of Serikin (on the state side facing Kalimantan, Indonesia) for such an operation but could not do it now because of manpower constraints.

He, however, gave assurance that this was in their plans.

Meanwhile, he said human negligence was still the main factor contributing to road accidents in the country.

“From our statistics, the six mistakes commonly committed are speeding, using the handphone while driving, cutting queues, using the emergency lanes, overtaking at double lines and overtaking at blind spots,” he said.

On the Automated Enforcement System (AES), he said this was still under the jurisdiction of the Road Transport Department and not the police to implement.--BERNAMA