GEORGE TOWN, Dec 2 — An average of around 1,000 vehicles crossed the Penang Bridge from the island to mainland every hour on weekdays during the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO), according to a policeman manning a roadblock on the bridge.
Detective Sergeant Mohd Sobri Md Nor, who is in charge of the police checkpoint at the island-side entrance of the bridge, said the traffic volume was much higher during rush hours.
“During weekends, traffic is lower than average,” he told reporters at the police checkpoint today.
Meanwhile, the head of Logistics and Technology Department for Timur Laut police district, ASP Mahadhir Mohd Salleh, said there are two stationary and two movable checkpoints in the northeast district.
He said the stationary checkpoints are located at the entrances of Penang Bridge and Batu Uban, while the moveable roadblocks are in Paya Terubong and Batu Ferringhi.
“The moveable ones were set up randomly within these areas to prevent drivers from bypassing the police checkpoints,” he said, adding that moveable roadblocks were mounted from 10 am to 2 pm and 10 pm to 2 am.
This morning, Penang Crime Consciousness and Public Safety Society (CCPSS) distributed face masks and food items to the personnel at the Penang Bridge police checkpoint as a token of appreciation for the frontliners’ dedication in keeping Penang safe during the CMCO.
Penang CCPSS deputy chairman Goh Hoe Eng said it would distribute 50 boxes of face masks at police checkpoints in Penang and provide other resources if necessary.
“We hope those wanting to contribute and give back to the community will join CCPSS as members to enhance our capacity to help those in need,” he added. – BERNAMA