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Date [ 2016-01-05, 05:50 ]

Despite safety campaigns no decrease in road mishaps.

Launch of the safety campaign.(Cr)Izwan Azman

(Kuala Lumpur=Koreanpress) by Nasrullah Uul = Malaysia is in the unenviable position of having road accidents rising from year to year despite the many safety campaigns she has carried out.

Director-General of the Road Transport Department (RTD) of Selangor, Dato’ V. Valluvan said the road accident rate increased up to 7,000 cases per year and it  indicated that public awareness of road safety is still low.

“If road accidents are compared to airplane crashes, it would be as if there are 20 aircraft accidents each year. It is a serious matter that needs to be addressed more by the community, government and academia,” he said at the closing ceremony of the Road Safety Advocacy Campaign of The National University of Malaysia (UKM) recently.

Dato’ Valluvan informed that from 7,000 accidents recorded every year, 70 percent involved youths. “So we need to have a new approach by forming squads of young people, such as in campuses like UKM. The squad should be trained to increase awareness and the importance of following road safety laws.

Meanwhile, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Industry and Community Partnerships), Prof Imran Ho Abdullah revealed that daily the UKM Road Safety Centre announces the accident statistics in campus. Prof Imran said the information showed that since 2005, a total of 650 accidents had occurred within the campus. He felt Non-government Organisations (NGOs) and academia need to tackle this problem because it has serious consequences for the country.

At the ceremony, the Tun Hussein Onn Residential College (KTHO) was crowned the champion of the programme, which was a collaboration between UKM, the Road Safety Department (JKJR) and RTD. It was the first of its kind and it offered cash rewards amounting to RM3, 000 with the theme ‘Popularising

A total of 98 vehicles were inspected by the RTD and 38 of them which fulfilled road safety requirements were from KTHO.


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