| Azlan Othman |
THE month of September saw a total of 1,351 road traffic offences recorded. Of this figure, 574 cases involved motorists who were caught speeding.
One road traffic offender was found to have hit the 171km/h mark, subsequently resulting in him collecting 21 demerit points, the traffic police statistics revealed.
The Department of Investigation and Traffic Control in Gadong recorded 958 cases, while the Batu 3 traffic branch in Belait reported 383 cases.
Of this, 162 were court cases for offences such as expired road tax (70), applying tinted glass (19), driving without valid licence (16), applying curtains (14), failure to buckle up (13), modified car suspension (11), expired driving licence (nine), expired car insurance (eight), driving under the influence of alcohol and texting while driving.
Meanwhile, 1,189 compound cases were recorded. Speeding topped the chart with 574 cases, parking in prohibited areas (120), car license plate not according to specification (117), jumping the red light (91), failure to display the road tax on the left hand side of the car (73) and making illegal u-turn (58).
Other offences for which fines were issued included faulty horn (38), driving with modified tyres (24), modifying car (20), driving with worn-out tyres (13), applying inappropriate front light (11), licence plate light not functioning at night (nine), failure to use safety net when carrying load (seven), parking at taxi lane (four), failure to adhere to uniformed personnel instruction (three), faulty high lamp/light at night (two), failure to abide by road signs (two), faulty silencer (two) and one case each for applying modified steering wheel, parking in an area and causing difficulty to other road users, blurred license plate, faulty brake lamp, carrying excessive passenger load and installing red flag on commercial vehicle without specification.
The police reiterate the need for motorists to abide by road rules, be considerate to other motorists, and to step up road safety for the well-being of all motorists.