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Inspector General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar has told motorists to drive safely and to not rush in making their journey home this festive season, The Star reports. They might end up paying for traffic fines that could otherwise be used for better purposes.

“People are just rushing, not being patient, trying to cut queues and running red lights. Every year it’s the same. They are careless and drive like they have to be the first ones to arrive back home. Instead of forking out money to pay traffic fines, use the money on your children this Hari Raya,” he said.

Khalid said that there have been 7,274 accidents and 86 fatalities reported nationwide since Ops Selamat started a week ago. Federal roads accounted for the highest number of fatalities at 47. The death toll was 35% higher than last year’s figure during the same Hari Raya period. Most of the accidents happened because people disregard traffic laws, he said.

He added that police had issued 1,880 summonses to those driving on emergency lanes and cutting queues. He stated that summonses issued during the Ops Selamat period will not be given any reductions.