A record drop in the number of road deaths was cause enough for Ops Selamat 11, conducted in conjunction with the Hari Raya holidays, to be deemed a success, according to Bernama.

Inspector-general of police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar said that during the 15-day operation, the number of fatal accidents have dropped from 273 cases last year to 239, a decrease of 12%. “The number of deaths also dropped by 42 cases or 14%, with 257 deaths recorded this year, compared to 299 last year,” he said.

Analysis showed that “self-destructive factors” were the main cause of fatal accidents – contributing to 65 cases – in addition to other factors such as negligence and carelessness. Khalid said that 6,309 operations were carried our and 277,832 summonses issued during Ops Selamat 11.

“The success achieved by ‘Op Selamat’ this time is the result of a comprehensive enforcement approach carried out simultaneously together with PDRM’s strategic partners through the Emergency Response Team,” he added.