The first 11 days of Ops Selamat 11/2017, which began on June 18, saw a 10% increase in the number of road accidents compared to the corresponding period last year, but the number of fatal accidents and deaths dropped by 17% and 21% respectively, Bernama reports.

According to Bukit Aman traffic investigation and enforcement department director SAC Sharul Othman Mansor, 17,147 road accidents were recorded nationwide in the 11 days, which was an increase of 1,620 over the 15,527 recorded last year.

However, the number of fatal accidents dropped by 36 to 172 from the 208 reported last year, and the number of fatalities also decreased by 48 to 185 compared to 233 for the same period in 2016.

Mishaps involving motorcycles were the highest in number, with 122 riders and pillion riders killed in accidents over the 11 days, though fatalities this year were lower compared to the 144 deaths recorded in 2016.

Sharul Othman said the rise in the number of vehicles was among the factors contributing to the increase in accidents. He said an estimated 27 million registered vehicles were on the road nationwide during the period, and most of the accidents took place on federal roads.