28 dead on the road on the first day of Raya, including 19 on bikes

This year, the celebration of Hari Raya Aidilfitri is very special, because balik kampung has not been possible for the past two years due to pandemic movement control restrictions. It’s a sweet reunion for most families. Most, not all.

On the first day of Raya alone, 28 deaths from road accidents were recorded in Malaysia. Of this total, 19 were motorcyclists and passengers, six were motorists and passengers, two were pedestrians and one was a “jeep” driver.

IGP MP Datuk Razarudin Husain said Bernama that the death toll on the first day of Raya (May 2) was the highest since the start of Ops Selamat 18 on April 29. That day, 10 died. On April 30, 18 people died, while 20 people died in traffic accidents on May 1.

Of the 76 deaths recorded in four days, 10 were from Selangor, nine from Pahang and eight from Kelantan. Most deaths occurred on federal roads (29), with state roads and highways each contributing 21 and seven fatalities.

As for the total number of accidents in Ops Selamat 18 till May 2, it is 6,932. Selangor again leads the way, followed by Johor, KL, Perak and Penang. Razarudin also said a total of 211,235 subpoenas were issued over the four days for various offences. Of this total, 81,753 saman were for speeding.

This weekend will see the reverse exodus to the Klang Valley. Make sure your vehicle is in good condition, stay alert on the road and drive/ride carefully. Traffic is sure to be heavy, so be prepared for a long journey.

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