GENTING HIGHLANDS, Jan 24 – Cases of road accidents and road fatalities nationwide continued to rise, despite various efforts taken to reduce it. In voicing his grave concern over the matter, Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai said it was crucial that all quarters especially the public should give serious consideration to road safety.
He said a total of 476,196 road accidents involving 6,674 fatalities had been recorded in 2014 and the number increased to 489,605 cases and 6,706 deaths in 2015. Of the road accident cases recorded in 2015, 4,120 victims had suffered serious injuries while 7,432 suffered light injuries.
As such, he said he wish to appeal to everyone to contribute in reducing road accidents which can make the difference. He said this when launching ANIH Berhad’s Road Safety Programme at Genting Sempah Rest and Service Area, near here, Saturday. Speaking to reporters later, Liow said the ministry will step up advocacy and enforcement programmes this year in the bid to increase awareness among the people on road safety.
He said the initiatives include launching the newly enhanced road safety curriculum with the Education Ministry in the primary schools’ syllabus after the Chinese New Year celebration and collaboration with the Communication and Multimedia Ministry on advocacy promotions. He said he also propose the need to set up the Road Safety Council at the district level to raise awareness on road safety at the grassroots level.
Meanwhile, he said that the ministry also plans to reduce the the ratio of accidents per 10,000 cars registered to 2.0 compared to 2.55 last year. In conjunction with the upcoming Chinese New Year on Feb 8, ANIH Berhad, which manages the Kuala Lumpur-Karak Highway and the East Coast Highway 1 (LPT1), will be offering a 10 per cent toll discount to users of both highways on Feb 8.
The company expected traffic volume on both highways to increase to 1.9 million in the 10 days of the Chinese New Year period compared to only 150,000 vehicles on non festive season. ANIH in a statement also urged road users to follow the suggested travelling schedule provided, which can be obtained from its website at www.anihberhad.com or Twitter at [email protected] or call LPT hotline at 09-5479111.