The “Ops Sikap XII” road safety campaign met its objective to reduce fatal accidents during the Chinese New Year festive period, said Transport Minister Datuk Seri Chan Kong Choy.

He said that as at midnight last night, 190 fatalities averaging 13.6 deaths daily were recorded during the two-week operation against a 17.2 daily death rate on normal days.

“This shows that Ops Sikap XII is a success although the number of deaths is still high. However, it can be considered low if compared with the 100 to 200 per cent increase in the number of vehicles on the roads during festivals,” he told reporters at a Chinese New Year open house organised by Tawau MCA at the Sin On Hall here today.

Chan attributed the success of the Ops Sikap XII to the close cooperation from the police, the Road Transport Department (RTD) and other agencies involved.

Leave for 5,000 traffic policemen and 1,200 RTD officers was frozen during the duration of the Ops Sikap XII, he said.

On the police focusing on motorcycle riders in the operation, Chan said the strategy was appropriate considering that 60 per cent of fatal road accidents involved motorcyclists and their pillion riders.

He added that the operation was carried out in 80 districts nationwide and that that the ministry would conduct a post-mortem on the operation and rectify weaknesses, if any.

— BERNAMA