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A road safety campaign in conjunction with the Chinese New Year will be in force from Feb 11 to 25 to reduce road accidents during the festive period.

Transport Minister Datuk Seri Chan Kong Choy said the two-week integrated campaign involving the government, private sector and non-governmental organisations would be launched at the Jalan Duta bus terminal in Kuala Lumpur on Feb 10.

Some 5,000 traffic policemen and 1,200 Road Transport Department officers would be deployed for the Ops Sikap X11 massive operation to book traffic offenders during the period, he told reporters Tuesday.

Chan said commercial vehicles would be barred from plying the road on Feb 16 and 17 and on Feb 24 and 25 to ease traffic congestion during the peak period.

As was enforced during Ops Sikap X1, he said, the speed limit for federal and state roads would be reduced by 10 kilometres, bringing it to 80kph during the campaign duration.

The Public Works Department would carry out road repairs only for critical jobs during the festive period, he said.

Sixteen special teams for emergencies would be on standby, he added.

— BERNAMA