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Malaysian Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak, has introduced a new Investigation and Traffic Enforcement Department (JSPT). According to The Sun Daily, the new division aims to reduce the ever-increasing number of road deaths each year by better enforcing the law and promoting road safety.

In 2015 alone, the PM said that there were a total of 489,606 road accidents across the nation, from which 6,193 deaths were accumulated. Najib revealed the figures at the recent 209th Malaysia Police Day parade.

“If you add up the fatality figures in 2015 it will be able to fill up Stadium Negara. This is too high,” he said. “We hope this (JSPT) will help the police to carry out enforcement on highways more effectively.”

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According to The Star, Bukit Aman Internal Security and Public Order director, Comm Datuk Muhammad Fuad Abu Zarim, elaborated further on the new division’s tasks. “It is time that we take traffic offences and its consequences seriously and hopefully, this step will allow the police to focus on this area more,” he said.

“We see it every day on our way to work with people beating red lights and driving on emergency lanes. The problem is getting worse with fatalities increasing every year,” he added. As previously reported, the commissioner also confirmed that increasing the maximum traffic fine is being considered.

“I think a stiffer penalty will deter road users from taking chances with their lives,” he said. The commissioner added that drivers without licenses would also face stiff punishment under the coming Kejara demerit points system (AWAS).