138 road deaths in first 9 days of Ops Selamat

Bukit Aman Traffic Investigation and Enforcement Department deputy director Mohd Nadzri Hussain monitors traffic from the air during Ops Selamat. (Bernama pic)

KUALA LUMPUR: Police have recorded 138 deaths in 127 road crashes during the first nine days of Ops Selamat held in conjunction with the Chinese New Year celebration.

Bukit Aman Traffic Investigation and Enforcement director Azisman Alias said 94 of the fatalities were motorcyclists and pillion riders.

He said Selangor recorded the highest number of fatalities at 24, followed by Johor (16), Sarawak (16) and Kedah (13).

A total of 14,087 road crashes were recorded nationwide, with 4,089 of them in Selangor, followed by Johor (2,194), Kuala Lumpur (1,616) and Penang (1,147), Azisman said in a statement.

A total of 233,454 summonses were issued, with 146,008 of them for such offences as using the handphone while driving, beating traffic lights, speeding, driving on the emergency lane and overtaking on the double line.

Ops Selamat will be held until Feb 1.