Tangerang (ANTARA) - The Traffic Corps (Korlantas) of the National Police (Polri), on Monday, began inspecting the readiness of the Jakarta-Merak Toll Road to ensure the smooth flow of homecoming traffic during the 2024 Eid al-Fitr.

Korlantas Director of Law Enforcement Brigadier General Slamet Santoso led the inspection that involved officials from the Public Works and Public Housing Ministry and state-run toll road operator Jasa Marga.

The inspection began with monitoring the situation of Rest Area KM 43 of the toll road, Tangerang District, Banten Province, where a delay system will be put in place.

"We successfully applied it (the delay system) last year. Hence, we must emulate that feat this year," Santoso remarked in the rest area.

The delay system refers to a scheme that aims to slow down the flow of vehicles heading to ports by optimizing the existence of rest areas, with the end goal of preventing long queues.

He noted that the police and relevant stakeholders would ensure proper traffic flow management by applying the system at Rest Area KM 43 and Rest Area KM 68.

Santoso then urged local traffic police officers to prepare a canalization scheme to direct vehicles to enter rest areas that have longer paths in order to prevent crossing of vehicle flows that might lead to congestion.

"Most importantly, we need to identify measures for ensuring that everything goes smoothly and safely," he pointed out.

The police officer also emphasized the need to prevent people from parking their cars on the roadside since such a practice might cause disruptions to the traffic flow.

In addition to inspecting the rest area, Santoso will check the current conditions of the Merak Port and Ciwandan Port to ensure safety and security of people planning to cross to Sumatra Island during the homecoming period.

Meanwhile, Head of the Traffic Unit of the Tangerang Resort Police, Assistant Commissioner Jeany Viadiniati, stated that her side would coordinate with related stakeholders to prepare the application of the delay system at Rest Area KM 43.

She also spoke of having planned to deploy additional personnel to ensure safety and security at the Jakarta-Merak Toll Road to welcome the homecoming period.

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Editor: Rahmad Nasution
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