JOHOR BARU: The number of fatal accidents in Johor is alarming, with 539 deaths recorded until June this year.
Road Safety Department (JKJR) Programme and Project Implementation Division director Mohd Rusdi Mohd Darus said as at June this year, there were 31,975 road accidents in Johor, despite an increase in road safety campaigns.
"Almost 60% of fatal accidents involved motorcyclists and pillion riders who ignored traffic rules while on the road," he told reporters after a road safety advocacy programme in conjunction with Aidilfitri celebration, here Wednesday.
Mohd Rusdi said Batu Pahat district had the highest number of fatalities at 91, while Mersing had the lowest with 14.
"Johor Baru has the highest number of accidents with 7,155 cases while Mersing has the least number of accidents with 428 cases," he said.
Mohd Rusdi said there were 1,333 fatal accident cases in the state in 2013 compared with 1,073 cases in 2012.
He said JKJR was actively carrying out road safety campaigns to raise the level of awareness among road users to bring down accident deaths and cases in the state.
In the campaign today, JKJR gave away 500 bags of road safety guides and souvenirs to motorists at Jalan Tun Razak in view of the coming festive season.
The agencies involved in the road safety campaign this time included the Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) and police.
Also present was Johor state JKJR director Noormazura Mat Nawi. - Bernama