Largest traffic operation of 2014

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BRUNEI-MUARA AND TUTONG

TWENTY-ONE road blocks were held simultaneously across the Sultanate on Saturday night, with a total of 79 offences recorded in the largest operation of the year.

The inspections held to identify traffic violations and prevent crime ran from 11pm to 1am with 12 points in Brunei Muara, four in Tutong and Belait and one in Temburong.

The Department of Investigation and Traffic Control (JSKLL) were at six points in Brunei Muara with 122 personnel headed by Acting Head of Operations and Enforcement ASP Mohd Fathdillah Hj Abd Hamid.

Expired road tax and driving license, driving without valid driving license, license plates that do not follow regulations, cars without working lights, tires that protrude from the mudguard and running the red light were amongst the 39 offences found by JSKLL.

The six other points in Brunei Muara were carried out by Police Stations in their respective jurisdictions, with the Berakas Police issuing three compound offences and 11 reminders, the Muara Police indentifying six offences and the Sengkurong Police identifying three compound offences.

In Tutong, Police set up blocks near Bukit Panggal, Waterfront, Lamunin, and the Police post at KM28, finding 14 offences. Meanwhile in Belait five points were set up and 10 offences were recorded.

Acting Head of Public Relations ASP Hj Mohamad Noor Hj Abd Rahman said the roadblock was conducted to keep a check on traffic offences as well as preventing crimes by conducting ‘stop and search’ on vehicles.

“The roadblocks were targeted at midnight because most crimes happen late when people take rest and sleep,” he said.

He added that detecting both traffic offences and crimes were the aim of the road blocks, “so that the public can feel safe anywhere they are”.

Responding to information about the road blocks being spread on social media such as WhatsApp and Instagram, ASP Hj Mohamad Noor said that the public’s awareness on the blocks may lead them to “not commit any traffic and criminal offences” and thereby reduce crime.

The Royal Brunei Police Force (RBPF) also advised the public to make sure their cars are safe to drive, especially when making long journeys home, to obey traffic signs and road rules, especially the speed limit and to always wear a seatbelt during the month of Ramadhan.

Parents were also reminded to not lend their cars to their children who have yet to obtain their licenses and for all road users refrain from the usage of cell phones whilst driving.

The Brunei Times