21 caught for speeding on new highway

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BELAIT

TWENTY-ONE motorists were found speeding on the newly opened Telisai-Lumut highway yesterday during an hour-long operation, with a self-accident also reported the same morning.

The Royal Brunei Police Force (RBPF) put up the speed trap the morning after the highway was officially opened at 3.35pm, with the 150 km/hour the highest speed recorded.

In a separate incident, a 42-year-old woman escaped without injuries after her SUV lost control and flipped over onto the side of the road. The Tutong police, who were called to the scene at 8.21am, are still investigating the cause of the accident.

Officer-in-Charge of Belait’s Traffic Control and Investigation Department (JSKLL) Inspector Md Fadhillah said the unit would do its part to ensure safety on the highway by setting up road blocks and speed traps.

Aside from “frequent operations”, Md Fadhillah said that JSKLL would continue to engage with other stakeholders to improve road safety standards.

“However enforcement agencies are limited to upholding the existing traffic laws as well as educating road users on driving safely,” he said in a statement.

“Ultimately the key to road safety lies in the attitude and driving habits of road users themselves.”

Md Fadhillah added that road users should always plan their journeys properly to avoid rushing, and make sure their brakes and lights are functioning properly, their car oils and fluids topped at the sufficient amount and their tyres are not bald.

While on the road, JSKLL also advised that motorists keep their distance between other vehicles, wear their safety belts and adhere to the highway's speed limit of 100km/hr during fine weather and 70km/hr during downpour.

The Brunei Times