Using Phone While Driving & 6 Other Traffic Offences That Will Send You To Court This CNY

Transport Minister Anthony Loke said the strict enforcement is to reduce the number of accidents and deaths during the festive season.

Cover image via Mohd Firdaus Mohd Johari/Utusan Malaysia & New Straits Times

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Seven traffic offences will be non-compoundable during this year's Chinese New Year festive season, which means that those caught flouting the rules will be referred immediately to the courts

Traffic offenders will not be offered a fine as usual, warned Transport Minister Anthony Loke in a speech during the Integrated Ops and Road Safety Campaign in conjunction with the upcoming celebrations on Tuesday, 17 January.

"There will be no compound issues for these offences. Offenders will be referred to court," he said.

Loke said the enforcement of this rule will be two weeks long.

The strict ban of the traffic offences will be from 18 January to 28 January.

According to New Straits Times, these seven traffic offences will be non-compoundable throughout this year's Chinese New Year festive season:
– Cutting queue,
– Overtaking on double lines,
– Disobeying the red-light signal,
– Driving over the speed limit,
– Use of mobile phone while driving,
– Not wearing a seat belt or helmet, and
– Driving in the emergency lane (if you don't have an emergency).

Loke said the strict enforcement is to reduce the number of accidents and deaths that usually happen during the festive season

The minister said the public's road safety literacy rate on highways has yet to reach a satisfactory level, based on the 119 deaths recorded during last year's Chinese New Year.

He added that 2,000 Road Transport Department (JPJ) enforcement officers will be deployed nationwide to carry out the ops.

As another initiative to reduce traffic accidents, Loke said heavy vehicles will also be banned on highways on 20 January and 21 January, as well as 24 January and 25 January — just before and after Chinese New Year — as traffic is expected to peak during those days.

Meanwhile, all toll fees will be waived on Friday, 20 January, and Saturday, 21 January, in conjunction with Chinese New Year:

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