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You might still be in a festive mood, but the authorities aren’t, and neither for that matter is the Transport Minister. The Star reports that Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai has asked the police, the Road Transport Department and the Road Safety Department to enhance enforcement in a bid to reduce road accidents.

According to the police, Ops Selamat‘s current average fatality rate is around 22 a day, which is a significant climb from the average of 13 last year, and this has prompted the minister to request an increase in operations and campaigns.

“The drastic increase in road accidents and fatalities this festive season is abnormal and worrying. There are still a few days to go before traffic returns to its usual volume. We are doing all we can to save lives,” he told reporters.

Police said that there had been 12,383 accidents since Ops Selamat was launched on July 10, with 203 fatalities in 76 accidents. Federal traffic police chief SAC Datuk Mohd Fuad Abdul Latiff said 123,190 summonses have been issued since the start of the operations.

Last week, it was reported that police would be utilising its traffic enforcement cameras in a wider role nationwide during Ops Selamat, with the cameras not just be used to catch speeders but queue jumpers and illegal emergency lane users as well.