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Prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak has advised motorists to drive carefully and obey road regulations, as they return to the capital following the Hari Raya Aidilfitri celebrations.

“Many will begin or on the way back to the federal capital and workplace today after celebrating Hari Raya in the village last week. Drive with caution, respect the road regulations and don’t misuse the emergency lane. I pray for a smooth and safe journey, Insya-Allah,” he said in his posting on his Facebook and Twitter accounts today.

JPJ will act upon evidence of motorists abusing the emergency lane, and the department has tasked specific officers to handle such complaints online, said JPJ director Datuk V. Valluvan Veloo.

“Motorists who drive on emergency lanes do not understand that they are obstructing personnel from reaching the (emergency) scene as fast as possible. We will act against anyone caught using emergency lanes with the maximum RM300 fine imposed,” said Bukit Aman Crime Prevention and Community Safety Department director Comm Datuk Acryl Sani Abdullah Sani.

In a May 22 incident, a motorcyclist hit a car parked on the emergency lane at KM228 (southbound) of the North-South Expressway at 4.30pm. The rider landed in the middle of the highway, and a lorry overturned in an attempt to avoid him. The first emergency medical team could have reached the site in about 20 minutes, but took an hour because of the traffic obstruction.