Traffic Cops For The Ops Sikap XXI Campaign To Use New Radar Gun
As the nation prepares for the mass exodus of drivers back to their homes this forth coming Chinese New Year celebration this 14th February 2010, the police are busy preparing to put into use its latest new radar gun, LT120-20 Tru Cam.
What is so special about the above gun?
It is said the above speed gun is the most sophisticated speed enforcement tool of its kind. Words have it that the police possess five of the above Tru Cam for the time being. They are however contemplating to secure more of those guns in the near future.
For your information, “speeding” which carries a RM300 fine under the Road Traffic Ordinance Act of 1978 is quoted as one of the main causes of accidents.
Therefore, it is hoped that the latest radar gun will assist to reduce the number of accidents this campaign of Ops Sikap XXI this time around.
What advantages has the Tru Cam over its older model, Digi Cam, used by the police since 1995?
Weighing only 1.5 kg compared to the older model, which weighed in at 40 kg, it is said to be not only easier to handle, its mobility enables police personnel to use it even while they are in a moving vehicle.
The Digi Cam is said to be a static radar gun. The Tru Cam is further reputed to be able to record video from a distance of over a kilometer away. It can also be used as a video evidence in court proceedings.
Speaking with regards to this years Ops Sikap XXI campaign, federal traffic police chief Sr. Assistant Commissioner (II) Datuk Abdul Aziz Yusoff said, this year’s campaign aims to reduce the number of accidents and fatalities as much as possible.
In line with this intention, drivers who are currently preparing to make their journey back to whatever destinations are earnestly requested to co-operate with the police as much as possible.
What can drivers actually do to minimize the number of accidents this time around?
1) Do not speed.
Besides not speeding, as they travel back home to their respective states, drivers should do a few important things I shall be highlighting in this article.
Remember though, the national speed limit along our expressway is 110 km/h. State roads have a maximum speed limit of 90 km/h.
2) Stop at R&R frequently.
Driver carefully whenever possible. A tired driver is prone to be involved in accidents.
There are numerous R&R centres all over the entire nation. Stop as frequently as possible. Take a hot refreshing drink. Do some exercises!
3) Check your brakes before you start your journey home.
Accidents can often be caused by defective brakes. So have this important aspect of your car inspected by your mechanic prior to starting your journey back home.
4) Service your air con prior to starting your long journey back home.
What may an air conditioner have to do with your journey back, you may ask?
A cool atmosphere makes the driver feel more comfortable. He will be less agitated during jams. This would certainly go a long way to ensure better driving and less accidents are prone to occurs as a result of it.
5) Check the conditions of all your four tyres.
Tyres are very important, especially for long journeys home. The stress upon tyres cannot be more emphasized. Safety depends very much on it.
Ideally, change new tyres. They are very good for road holding, especially during wet conditions. Braking efficiency of a vehicle is very much enhanced with good and reliable tyres.
6) Check the conditions of your headlights, indicators and hazard lights.
While going back home, most likely, you will sometimes have to travel into the night. In doing so, you headlights will have to be used. So also your indicators and hazard lights.
Make sure, as a good driver, have the above items checked by your mechanic or your electrician before your journey begins.
7) Planning your journey.
Ideally, you should begin your journey in the early morning. The atmosphere is cooler and as a driver, you will feel more relaxed.
A person who is more relaxed will obviously make a better and safer driver. Know which route you will be taking. In this way you will not be driving haphazardly thus making your journey less dangerous.
Whatever steps the authorities may take, no matter how many police personnel are employed and J.P.J. officers are stationed all across the country, the Ops Sikap XXI campaign from 7th – 21st February 2010 will all come to nought, if you are a driver do not co-operate with the authorities concerned.
So always remember, as a driver, you have to provide your fullest support to the authorities concerned. Together, let’s make this safety campaign this Chinese New Year of 2010 a successful one.
Pandu Hemat, Jiwa Selamat!
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