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A total of “over 100 speedsters” were fined for exceeding the 110 km/h speed limit imposed on the East Coast Expressway 2 (LPT2) during a recently conclude special operation, the New Straits Times reports. The two-hour operation was conducted along KM 255.2 by 22 officers “from the federal police headquarters.”

Since 2011, the highway has seen a total of 1,991 accidents with 85 fatalities. Throughout the operation, the authorities recorded motorists speeding away at up to speeds of 165 km/h. “Even we are concerned of the safety of the motorists who have been booked,” said deputy superintendent, Mustaffa Bakri Salleh.

“I hope they realise what they are in for by driving at such high speeds which not only endanger themselves and the occupants of their vehicles but also other road users,” he added. Additionally, the authorities issued a further 22 summonses to motorists for other offences including the display of non-regulation registration plates, malfunctioning brake lights and expired driving licenses and road taxes.

Earlier, it was reported that about 20% of the LPT2 highway required immediate rectification with some areas identified as “critical” by the Works Minister, Datuk Fadillah Yusoff. However, Malaysian Institute of Road Safety Research (MIROS) director-general Prof Dr Wong Shaw Voon has gone on record to state otherwise.

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According to him, while there were certain stretches that contained traces of soil erosion and water retention issues, said issue will not pose a risk to motorists should they drive according to the speed limit. Aside from that, the long straightaways have also been identified as one of the factors behind said accidents as drivers tended to doze off and/or become bored, prompting them to speed up.

Research has shown that only about 30% of motorists who ply the LPT2 adhere to the speed limit – a further 50% were recorded speeding above 140 km/h. “This attitude of speeding is a major contributing factor for accidents and fatalities at LPT2,” commented Yusoff.

To help curb the issue, Yusoff has stated that the police are indeed in the midst of working with the Malaysian Highway Authority (LLM) to install more speed traps along with highway. Additionally, more R&R stations will be established to encourage motorists to take a break after long hours behind the wheel.