PDRM using drones to catch highway emergency lane offenders in Ops Selamat 19, roadblocks on PLUS

Are you travelling this Chinese New Year? If you’re on the road, it’s highly likely that you’ve encountered congestion on the highways and the odd emergency lane abuser. These motorists are undeterred by everyone’s dashcams and mobile phone cameras, brazenly cutting queue as if they’re the only ones in a hurry.

Which is why it is great news that the cops now have eyes in the skies to weed out these selfish motorists. Those eyes are drones, and they have been deployed on the North South Highway to capture emergency lane users in the act.

The DJI Matrice 300 RTK drones can capture number plates from as high as 1,500 feet (457 metres) so there’s no escape if you’re caught in the act. The cops will be waiting for you ahead with an immediate on-the-spot saman.

Highway patrol aside, PDRM is also using drones to monitor congested urban areas, sending “Jam Squads” to solve any issues they see from above – see how they’re doing it in Melaka in the video above.

“The drones we use is to ensure smooth traffic flow in this area and other hotspots. The offences that we have identified include the use of the emergency lane, which we have publicised. The use of drones reminds motorists that ‘you are being watched’,” said Mohd Radi Abd Rahman, deputy director of general policing, investigations and resorces at JSPT Bukit Aman.

The empty lane might look tempting, but don’t do it. Cameras are everywhere these days, including some in the sky. Drive safe and be patient when stuck in a jam. Take a break when you’re feeling sleepy behind the wheel.

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Danny Tan loves driving as much as he loves a certain herbal meat soup, and sweet engine music as much as drum beats. He has been in the auto industry since 2006, previously filling the pages of two motoring magazines before joining this website. Enjoys detailing the experience more than the technical details.



  • DonkeyKong on Jan 26, 2023 at 7:04 pm

    Habitual traffic offenders are not afraid of fines because they always wait for massive discounts. But if in addition to fines, the cops manning the road blocks are armed with sledgehammers and fully authorized to smash and dent the body panels of traffic offenders’ vehicles, perhaps there will be better compliance to the law.

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    • Agree with you, saman won’t work in Malaysia. More drastic action required. Send to lokap 1 night and they will behave better

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  • alldisc on Jan 26, 2023 at 9:40 pm

    Saman does not work, they will pay. They just don’t want to be in the jam.

    The best way to beat these offenders is by stopping them for half hour and let the traffic to leave them so far behind.

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    • Send them lokap one night and disqualify from driving 1 week and they will learn their lessons altho the rich and famous may have the drivers to shield them

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  • fabian on Jan 27, 2023 at 7:52 am

    time to increase fine. follow Finland where their fine is according to daily salary

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  • BetterMalaysia on Jan 27, 2023 at 12:27 pm

    Can I send my dash cam video to PDRM as a proof ?

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  • ROTI CANAI on Jan 30, 2023 at 9:11 pm

    byk wang ni

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