PDRM Requests M'sians To Not Update Waze When There Are Roadblock Operations
"I hope that the public, especially road users, will cooperate with the police instead of helping those who are breaking traffic laws," said the Kuala Lumpur police chief.
The Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM) is requesting the public to not share information regarding roadblocks on Waze when operations are ongoing
Kuala Lumpur police chief Datuk Azmi Abu Kassim said that by doing so, the authorities will have trouble detecting drivers who are under the influence of alcohol or drivers who are breaking traffic laws, reported Bernama.
He added that road users should be aware of the dangers that may arise from the negligence of drunk drivers and drivers who disregard traffic lights.
Azmi also said that individuals who have never been affected by careless drivers will never understand the anguish of losing a family member from traffic accidents
"Those who have never been affected by the calamity caused by the carelessness and negligence of traffic offenders will be unable to understand the pain and suffering endured by the victim's family," he was quoted as saying on Saturday, 28 January.
"With that, I hope that the public, especially road users, will cooperate with the police instead of helping those who are breaking traffic laws."
Following the news, many Malaysians, however, brought up the issue of traffic congestion caused by police roadblocks
One user commented that the police usually conduct roadblock operations during peak hours, ignoring the fact that most road users have other important businesses to attend to.
"People are not afraid of roadblocks if they don't do anything wrong. But they are still running away from roadblocks due to being stuck in traffic jams," they wrote.
Another suggested the police use all lanes but add more officers to be on duty while conducting a roadblock.
"People are angry because you close down four lanes to one," they said.
"Please don't listen to such a request. Continue to share with other Wazers and use your car's beam headlights [to alert other road users]," another user wrote.