34 motorists fined in two-day operations

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

A TOTAL of 34 people were issued fines by the Traffic Control and Investigation Department (JSKLL) under the Royal Brunei Police Force (RBPF) during a two-day Ops Tegas operation conducted across the district which concluded yesterday.

101 traffic police personnel were deployed to conduct roadblock checks on passing motorists in Belait and four locations across Brunei-Muara led by DSP Mohd Fathdillah bin Hj Abd Hamid on Friday.

84 were deployed at four locations along Jln Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Saleha, Tungku Link and the Muara-Tutong highway yesterday.

10 people were fined in docket cases on Friday for offences ranging from driving without a valid driving licence to driving with expired road tax stickers while 20 people were handed compound fines for minor road traffic infractions such as having coloured headlights and driving with faulty licence plate lights.

One driver was fined in a docket case and three were handed compound fines yesterday.

In a press statement, JSKLL said that the operation was conducted to increase road safety awareness and enforcement in the run-up to the festive period of Aidil Fitri which will begin next week.

It also hopes to lower the number of accidents that occur in that period.

Statistics released by JSKLL yesterday showed that 258 road accidents occurred during the month of Ramadhan last year which resulted in two deaths.

The figure was a drop from the previous two years which both recorded 273 accidents, with one case resulting in a fatality in 2013.

The traffic police advised road users to take extra care to avoid accidents during the festive period by being alert to the road conditions.

Motorists are also urged to plan the course of their travels in advance to avoid driving while agitated or in a hurry and to adhere to road traffic laws and signage.

The traffic police advised drivers to compromise while on the road and not to tailgate others.

They also said that they will remain active in carrying out similar operations throughout the Aidil Fitri celebrations to maintain road safety standards when the roads will be busy.

The Brunei Times