| Danial Norjidi |
MORE than 11,000 traffic offences have been recorded so far this year – 4,000 higher than the number last year.
This was revealed in a presentation on enforcement operations during the National Road Safety Seminar at Institut Teknologi Brunei (ITB) yesterday.
The presentation was conducted by ASP Mohd Fathdillah bin Hj Abdul Hamid, the Head of Operations and Enforcement at the Department of Investigation and Traffic Control of the Royal Brunei Police Force (RBPF), who shared various statistics pertaining to traffic operations and offenders.
From January to November this year, 423 operations have been carried out by the Investigation and Traffic Control Department, resulting in 11,674 offenders being found. It is a notable increase from 2013, where 363 operations were carried out and 7,155 offenders caught. In the 319 operations conducted in 2012, 7,694 offences were recorded.
So far this year, statistics show that out of the total, 1,263 were recorded as summons cases, 558 of which were cases of driving with expired road tax, 163 of using shades, 144 using sun ‘x’, tinted film or tinted windows, 143 not using seatbelts, 87 driving without a valid license, 58 using lowered vehicles, 56 expired driver’s licenses, 42 driving under the influence, 10 using mobile phones while driving and two using fake road tax.
Under the 10,228 traffic offences warranting compound fines, this year has seen 5,443 incidents of speeding, 1,325 incidents of illegal parking, 813 of license plates not in line with regulations, 700 not stopping for red lights, 463 U-turns in areas it is not allowed, 451 not displaying their road tax on the left side of their windscreen, 243 instances of using sports rims without the appropriate permits, 172 car horns not working and 45 incidents of using different-coloured head and tail lights. ASP Mohd Fathdillah also noted that 633 “other” offences were also recorded.
In addition to this, ASP Mohd Fathdillah also spoke on road accidents, sharing that the number reported from January to November this year is 3,052.
Previous years of similar time frames show numbers of 3,077 in 2013, 3,056 in 2012, 3,321 in 2011 and 3,131 in 2010.
A breakdown of the statistics, which show that the most prevalent form of road accidents so far this year was between cars, with 1,524 incidents, followed by 1,184 self-accidents. There were 34 road accidents between cars and motorcycles, 10 between cars and cyclists, 16 between cars and pedestrians and 74 between cars and heavy vehicles.
In addition, so far this year, 22 deaths have resulted from road accidents, while the number was 32 in 2013, 28 in 2012, 47 in 2011 and 26 in 2010.
The number of minor injuries suffered from road accidents in the same period this year is 363, while severe injuries amounted to 39.
In terms of cause, the Department revealed that as many as 85-95 per cent of road accidents reported are caused by reckless driving, in the form of: speeding, using a mobile phone while driving, not following traffic laws, feeling tired, loss of concentration and driving with a disregard towards the safety of other road users.
Around three to four per cent of reported road accidents are caused by mechanical failures such as blown tyres, malfunctioning brakes and mirrors cracking or breaking en route.
Meanwhile, four to five per cent of road accidents were caused by road environmental or infrastructural factors, such as uneven or slippery road surfaces, tight turns, heavy rain and stray animals.
The Department’s Head of Operations and Enforcement also spoke on the demerit point system, SiKAP. 5,657 people have been recorded as having committed offences under SiKAP since it was introduced and began being enforced on October 1, 2013 up to October 31 this year.
According to SiKAP records from the Land Transport Department, as many as 3,029 people have paid compounds and been given demerit points, while 2,831 demerit point notification letters have been issued to traffic offenders and 330 warning letters have been issued to those who have reached more than 50 per cent of the Demerit Point limit.
So far, eight people have had their licenses suspended as a result of attaining 24 demerit points.
Sixty-one traffic offenders have garnered 21 demerit points, meaning that just one more offence will lead to their licenses being suspended for three months, while 160 have 18 demerit points, and 355 have 12 demerit points.