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Published: Saturday February 9, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Updated: Saturday April 20, 2013 MYT 3:42:05 PM

Police surprise motorists with New Year goodies

MOTORISTS commuting along the Pengkalan Raja Tun Uda ferry terminal in Weld Quay thought they they had done some thing wrong when policemen stopped their vehicles by the roadside.

However, to their surprise, they were given free helmets, safety vests and goodie bags as well as festive hampers.

The goodies were handed out under the Road Safety Campaign organised by the Penang Road Safety Council with the co-operation of the Penang Road Safety Department and the state government in conjunction with Chinese New Year.

Penang deputy state secretary Datuk Muhammad Yusoff Wazir, who officiated the campaign, said 60 adult helmets, 10 children’s helmets, 200 safety vests and 300 ‘Visibility Enhancement Material’ (VEM) stickers were handed out to motorcyclists while 20 VEM stickers were handed out to other road users.

“Besides that, we also distributed 300 road safety brochures, 300 goodie bags and 15 festive hampers,” he said.

Muhammad Yusoff said there has been an increase in the number of accidents in the state over the past two years and it was crucial to ensure that road users were aware about road safety.

“In 2011, there were 37,158 cases of road accidents, and last year, there were 37,892. This shows an increase of 734 cases or 1.9%.

“We hope during the coming festive season, motorists will be more careful while travelling on the road,” he said on Wednesday.

The campaign also saw motorcyclists exchanging their old and faulty helmets for new ones.

Among them was businessman Ng Ching Huat, 38, who was spotted smiling after receiving his new helmet.

“It is good that they have such campaign to make road users like us aware about the importance of road safety,” he said. Also present was JKJR director S. Jegan.

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