LABUAN – Labuan police have seized 31 illegally modified motorcycles in 29 traffic blitzes in the duty-free island here so far this year.
The operations held mostly along Jalan Tun Mustapha and downtown saw a total of 1,721 summonses being handed out to motorists.
Labuan police chief Supt Adzhar Othman said the joint operations with the criminal investigation department were to curb street hooligans and illegal racing.
“We hold operations regularly every month along specific roads and these have resulted in reduced number of cases, contrary to claims by certain quarters that illegal racing is still rampant here,” he told Bernama today.
He urged parents whose children owned motorcycles to remind them not to make any illegal modifications to the machines or participate in illegal racing, to avoid prosecution.
Adzhar also urged the public to assist police as their ‘eyes and ‘ears’ in curbing criminal and immoral activities including illegal racing.
“We should not point a finger at any party but to be with us in addressing these public issues,” he said, adding that various programmes with students had helped to address immoral activities among youths.
Saturday night’s ‘Ops Mabuk/Samseng Jalanan’ at Jalan Tun Mustapha from 1 am to 5 am saw eight motorists being detained for driving under the influence of alcohol, but released the same day.
“They were brought to the police station for consuming alcohol in excess of the limit,” he said, adding that a motorist who tried to obstruct police from carrying out their duty was also detained during the operation. – BERNAMA