The police escort was on active duty and had given ample caution towards road users, said Kelantan acting Police Chief Datuk Muhamad Zaki.
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Kelantan Police had confirmed that the police escorting two luxury cars that were caught on camera overtaking a train of traffic on double lines at the Gua Musang – Kota Bharu route were on active duty, reported Kosmo.
The Kelantan acting Police Chief Datuk Muhamad Zaki Harun said that the escort car had also given ample cautionary towards road users, with the car’s siren and the emergency signal being turned on during the assignment.
Commenting on the video that had since gone viral on social media, Muhamad Zaki said that the convoy – led by a police’s Honda Civic was followed by two flatbed trucks ferrying luxury cars as well as a white Ford Ranger – has the right of way during the incident.
“The question that was raised by the public was that the escort car was driving dangerously Actually, the escort car was fulfilling its duty (to control the traffic) on a public road under Section 21 of the Police Act 1967.
“This means that other road users have to cooperate and slow down, give way to the convoy, or to stop to prevent something from happening,”
“Police escort cars (also) have their own rules and they cannot do as they like just because they are on duty. I don’t blame anyone but perhaps many are still confused by this matter,” he told reporters at a press conference at the IPK Kelantan in Kota Bharu yesterday.
He also advised the public to cooperate when facing police escorts while they’re on the road.
On 23 July, a Facebook Hamdan Zakaria, uploaded dashcam footage of the incident while also questioning whether the police will be at fault if an accident were to happen since the convoy was in the wrong way when he encountered them.
The video footage had been widely shared by netizens who also questions the police escorts’ standard operating procedure when they are on duty.