Six Teenagers Arrested, 53 Motorcycles Seized in “Op Samseng Jalanan”

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Six Teenagers Arrested, 53 Motorcycles Seized in Op Samseng Jalanan
Six Teenagers Arrested, 53 Motorcycles Seized in Op Samseng Jalanan

In a significant crackdown on illegal street racing and dangerous driving, traffic police in Kuching have arrested six teenagers and seized 53 motorcycles. The operation, codenamed “Op Samseng Jalanan,” was conducted by the Kuching Traffic Investigation and Enforcement Division, targeting reckless riders endangering public safety.

Operation Details

The Sting Operation

The operation took place early on Sunday, July 7, starting at 12:30 am. Six officers and 36 members of the Kuching Traffic Investigation and Enforcement Division participated in the sting operation along Jalan Tun Datuk Patinggi Haji Abdul Rahman Yakub. The primary aim was to curb the rising menace of illegal street racing and dangerous stunts performed by young motorcyclists.

Arrests and Charges

Kuching police chief ACP Ahsmon Bajah revealed that the arrested teenagers, aged between 15 and 18, were involved in performing perilous stunts on their motorcycles. These actions not only endangered their lives but also posed a significant risk to other road users.

“All six, aged between 15 and 18, were arrested and taken to the Kuching police headquarters (IPD) for further action,” said ACP Ahsmon.

The case is being investigated under Section 42 (1) of the Road Transport Act 1987. This section provides for fines up to RM15,000, imprisonment for up to five years, and disqualification of the offender’s driving license for up to five years.

Seizure and Inspection

Confiscated Motorcycles

In addition to the arrests, police confiscated 53 motorcycles under Section 60 (1) of the Road Transport Act 1978. These motorcycles were seized for various modification offences, including alterations that could potentially enhance their speed and maneuverability, thereby making them more dangerous on the roads.

Extensive Inspections and Summonses

During the operation, the enforcement team inspected a total of 365 motorcycles. This thorough inspection led to the issuance of 384 traffic summonses for various offences. The infractions included:

  • Modified vehicle structure and exhaust systems: 69 summonses
  • Licence plates not according to regulations: 59 summonses
  • No side mirrors: 52 summonses
  • Expired road taxes: 36 summonses
  • Riding without valid licences: 34 summonses

Ongoing Efforts and Public Cooperation

Continued Operations

This recent crackdown is part of a series of operations aimed at combating illegal street racing and dangerous driving in Kuching. Between January and June this year, the Kuching traffic police conducted eight “Op Samseng Jalanan” operations, leading to five arrests.

Call for Public Assistance

ACP Ahsmon Bajah emphasized the importance of public cooperation in maintaining road safety and curbing illegal activities. He encouraged the public to provide any information related to illegal street racing or dangerous driving. Information can be forwarded to the police at 082-259900 or at any nearby police station.

“Police welcome any information from the public which can be forwarded to them at 082-259900 or nearby police stations,” said ACP Ahsmon.

Conclusion

The successful execution of “Op Samseng Jalanan” underscores the commitment of the Kuching Traffic Investigation and Enforcement Division to ensuring road safety. The arrests and seizures send a clear message to those engaging in dangerous and illegal activities on the roads. Continued vigilance and public cooperation remain crucial in maintaining the safety and security of all road users.

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