Lower speed limits during Raya 

KUALA LUMPUR: Speed limits on federal and state roads will be reduced by 10kmph from Aug 12 to 26 to reduce the number of accidents around the Hari Raya festive period.

Transport Minister Datuk Seri Kong Cho Ha said federal roads will see the speed limit brought down from 90 kmph to 80 kmph, and state roads from 80kmph to 70kmph.

"The enforcement of the new speed limits will help raise road safety awareness among motorists.

"It is also to lower accident and death rates," he said yesterday during the launch of the national road safety campaign at Terminal Bersepadu Selatan here.

In addition, the Road Transport Department and police will launch the Ops Bersepadu and Ops Selamat 1 respectively during the period to raise the "perception of being caught" (POBC) among road users so that they will be more careful and observe traffic rules, Kong said.

"Signboards (will be erected) and advertisements will be published by Road Safety Department, in collaboration with the Information, Communications and Culture Ministry and private media companies to remind road users of the importance of driving safely," he said. "We hope drivers will be very careful and prudent behind the wheel for the safety of all users."

Speaking to reporters later, he said road cameras for the Automated Enforcement System (AES) are still on trial, and enforcement is expected to begin before year-end.

"We are testing the whole system to ensure it is flawless and the cameras are correctly inspected and certified. A few cameras have been installed but we are not enforcing the system yet Summonses will not be issued until (implementation is) announced," he said.

He expressed hope that the implementation of AES would make driver more disciplined.


SOURCE : THE STAR  |  PAGE 2  |  AUGUST 10, 2012