Ops Sikap: Authorities Should Be Blamed Too 2

Update: I guess it is unfair to point the fingers at the police alone although they do handle the bulk of the enforcement since there are other agencies involved namely JPJ who handle licensing & training and JKJR who handle the overall coordination and road safety related activities

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Oh dear, is it another “brilliant” conclusion that I see on the horizon?

(What we need more stringent enforcement instead of just enforcement – it is high time the police get tough with hardcore traffic law abusers. Image source: http://lagunamerbok.blogspot.com)

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I guess it does not take an extensive post mortem to come to this conclusion:-

An increase in the number of vehicles on roads throughout the country has been identified as the main reason for the failure of Ops Sikap 24 to reduce accidents and fatalities during the festive season from Aug 23 to Sept 6.

Kuala Lumpur Traffic Chief ACP Rusli Mohd Noor said apart from the attitude or behaviour of motorists, an increase in the volume of traffic had contributed to an increase in the number of accidents and fatalities

(Source)

What a revelation!

So, can we say that Ops Sikap will be highly successful if everyone keep their vehicle at home and start walking back to their home town?

The increase in the volume of traffic no doubt would contribute to the increase of accidents and fatalities – that is called the law of probability – the more cars you have on the road, chances of accident would be higher. That is not rocket science by any measure. With increase of population and ease of purchasing new vehicles in the coming years, the volume of traffic is likely to keep increasing. Is this means Ops Sikap in the coming years will fail too? Based on the conclusion that the police have brilliantly deducted on the reasons for the high fatality, that seems to be the case (unless a miracle happens – those idiots on the road change their attitude overnight)

Thus, the reason – “increase in the volume of traffic” does not hold water as to why there was more fatality this year. Just take a look at what the newspapers reported last week:-

An express bus travelling at 130km/h, a container lorry at 125km/h, a Mercedes Benz at 220km/h, a BMW at 240km/h, a Honda Accord at 190km/h and a Perodua Myvi at 180km/h. These were the astonishing speed of vehicles captured by the traffic police’s speed detection cameras on Malaysian expressways recently. No wonder the death toll in each Ops Sikap keeps increasing and show no signs of coming down.

(Source)

It is obvious that Ops Sikap failed not because there are more vehicles on the road. It failed because there was a lack of enforcement. When it comes to safety on the road, it starts with the right attitude and behavior but when that fails, then tough enforcement of the law must swiftly come in. And this is where it failed in the recent Ops Sikap 24.

Instead of blaming volume of traffic and attitude, this is what the authorities should do. The authorities should launch a major operation that runs not during holidays but throughout all year long and on highways, federal roads and all streets to enforce the law on all forms of abuse of traffic rules. For those stubborn criminals on the road, they should take one step by banning these idiots on the roads from being able to use any vehicles on the road. And they should do with without any favor or fear and then you will start to see the reduction of fatality on the road. And yes, bring back the need to slap the stubborn and regular law breakers with a higher fine (remember the idea of increasing the fine to RM1,000 which was dropped after some criminal-loving politicians made noise?).

So, do you still want to say that it is not right to point fingers at the authorities for the failure of Ops Sikap 24? The abuse of traffic rules happens because those drivers know that they can get away with it and even if they are caught, the punishment at the end of the day seems trivial. It is high time this changes.

Will we finally see a difference in Ops Sikap 25?

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7 thoughts on “Ops Sikap: Authorities Should Be Blamed Too 2

  1. For the longest time that I’ve read your blog – it’s always been one complaint after the other. But I’ve never heard you try to find a solution to any of it.
    Quoting that the increase of numbers of vehicle is also a cause isn’t wrong. It’s an obvious cause but sometimes it would have been questioned by a newbie reporter who hence reported it or it was also mentioned. It could be anything.
    What I do know for sure is the government agencies involved in reducing the number of fatalities are serious about making a change. I know this because I have personally worked with them on these issues.
    The cause of our accidents is mostly coz of the attitude of our drivers. They don’t follow rules, they think it’s okay to give bribes (don’t give the argument they’re willing to take it – you have a choice of NOT giving – I’ve been driving for 15 years and I’ve never given a bribe and yes I have gotten summoned many times), they speed and more.We complain that the cops are doing checks near to the festive season and blame them if they are caught breaking the law, but why are you breaking the law in the first place? Yes driving in the shoulder of the road is dangerous; speeding at the traffic light across the led light is even more dangerous.
    The number one fatality rate in the country is for motorcyclists. It’s not hard to see why, the speeding, the zigzagging and driving in dark clothes, the improper use of helmets.
    JKJR has been actively going to the streets to campaign to the motorcyclicts to drive safely. They are even giving free helmets to the drivers who are using non SIRIM approved helmets and thought to wear them properly so that in an accident the helmet won’t fly off. Not enough these drivers are given reflective stickers that enhance their visibility. They’ve done studies to prove all these.http://www.jkjr.gov.my/portal/index.php/ms/mengenai-jkjr/sasaran-dan-strategi-keselamatan.html
    I’ve been on the ground and joined them for campaigning, and I’ve watched jkjr, jpj and pdrm work with dedication. Do you know the number of times we’ve found drivers using broken helmets, underage, no license and not even possessing road tax? Wanna know how many times these drivers have tried to ram the officers and escape?
    Worse part is no matter what you tell them they go back to doing the same thing. One of the motorcyclicts who saw me at one of the campaigns bumped into me in another location few weeks later and when I checked his bike, he neither had the sticker there nor was he wearing a helmet. So all I could do was advice him again only to get a sheepish grin.http://www.jkjr.gov.my/portal/index.php/ms/mengenai-jkjr/sasaran-dan-strategi-keselamatan.html
    I’ve been on the ground and joined them for campaigning, and I’ve watched jkjr, jpj and pdrm work with dedication. Do you know the number of times we’ve found drivers using broken helmets, underage, no license and not even possessing road tax? Wanna know how many times these drivers have tried to ram the officers and escape?
    Worse part is no matter what you tell them they go back to doing the same thing. One of the motorcyclicts who saw me at one of the campaigns bumped into me in another location few weeks later and when I checked his bike, he neither had the sticker there nor was he wearing a helmet. So all I could do was advice him again only to get a sheepish grin.http://www.jkjr.gov.my/portal/index.php/ms/mengenai-jkjr/sasaran-dan-strategi-keselamatan.html
    I’ve been on the ground and joined them for campaigning, and I’ve watched jkjr, jpj and pdrm work with dedication. Do you know the number of times we’ve found drivers using broken helmets, underage, no license and not even possessing road tax? Wanna know how many times these drivers have tried to ram the officers and escape?
    Worse part is no matter what you tell them they go back to doing the same thing. One of the motorcyclicts who saw me at one of the campaigns bumped into me in another location few weeks later and when I checked his bike, he neither had the sticker there nor was he wearing a helmet. So all I could do was advice him again only to get a sheepish grin.

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  2. So who said they’re not enforcing the law? Who said they’re not trying to make a change? But why can’t we change!!! Enforcement only can’t change things, we need to change our mindset and become responsible drivers. The officers cannot be everywhere always. And why do we need them around to follow the rules?
    You wanna make a difference go join them. JKJR is organising talks to educate people and make them into Rakan KJRs. So stop mumbling and go join them in advocating safety. If you need help becoming one I’ll help you coz I refuse to sit and mumble, I rather make a difference with my actions.
    We need to change as road users. You want to give them ideas email them or call them, they will welcome you.
    So whoever wants to make a change and actually spend time advocating safety let me know – I’ll help you get there. Otherwise stop mumbling and accusing them. Get your facts right.

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