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by kathleen ann kili
This is the right way: Noormazura (second right) helping a motorcyclist put on a helmet during a road safety campaign. — Bernama
JOHOR BARU: The state has recorded a worrying increase in the number of fatalities due to road accidents since January.
Johor Road Safety Department (JKJR) director Noormazura Mat Nawi said that the death rates had increased by about 14% from January to July this year when compared to the same period last year.
“The figures have increased from 593 to 686 fatalities for the first seven months of the year when compared to the same period last year.
“Out of the total, 60% of the fatalities were motorcyclists,” she told reporters when met at a road safety advocacy programme along Jalan Tun Razak here on Friday (Nov 1).
Noormazura said that the total number of accidents stood at 37,624 from January to July this year, also showing a hike by 4.6% compared to 2012.
“We hope that through our 300 programmes on road-safety awareness will help to educate the public on ways to keep safe on the road and thus reduce accident rates in the state,” she said.
She added that roads are getting congested and even more dangerous yearly as the state registers an average of 150,000 vehicles each year.
“It is vital that road users understand and adhere to the basic road-safety rules which could save the lives of many,” said Noormazura adding that motorists were handed goodies and pamphlets during the programme.
She also said that hampers were also given to motorists in conjunction with Deepavali.
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