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In view of the rising number of fatal and other road accidents, the police is contemplating raising the quantum of traffic fines. Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar said the proposed increase is in the hopes of detering drivers from breaking the law, especially speeders.

“It is also to prevent reckless and inconsiderate driving along highways, especially during festive seasons where fatal accidents are high which is seen during the ‘Op Selamat 8/2016’, held in conjunction with the Chinese New Year celebration,” said Khalid in a report in The Sun.

Khalid lamented the fact that errant road-users were not deterred by the current compound rate, saying that RM300 was nothing to them. “We might increase the compound but the rate needs to be discussed later,” he said.

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According to Khalid, last year’s Chinese New Year Ops Selamat saw a 18.8% increase in traffic accidents with 17,632 cases recorded compared to 14,836 cases the year before. The number of fatal accidents rose by 22.4% to 186 cases compared to 152 in 2014.

“Anyone who breaks the law will face the maximum compound. It’s high time we become strict with motorists. No more advocacy on the road from us,” said Khalid. He added that Ops Selamat would end on Feb 16.