Pleasant surprise for road users

New for old: Motorcyclists receiving new helmets and other items at the Sungai Dua toll plaza in Butterworth.

ROAD users travelling along the North-South Expressway must have thought they had committed traffic offences when they were stopped by the authorities at the Sungai Dua toll plaza in Butterworth.

But they were in for quite a nice surprise.

State Transportation Committee chairman Lim Hock Seng and Penang Road Safety Department director Muhamad Husni Mahmud greeted them before giving away new motorcycle helmets, 4T engine oil, safety vests, reflective stickers and goodie bags.

Joining them in the road safety campaign were officers from the Road Transport Department, police, Land Public Transport Commission and Malaysian Highway Authority.

Lim said 50 Sirim-certified helmets, 500 stickers and ten cartons of engine oil were among the items given out during the campaign held to mark Hari Raya celebration.

He said that according to statistics revealed by the authorities, the number of road fatalities nationwide could reach 10,716 in 2020.

This year, the number was predicted at 8,760.

“We need to do more to improve safety on the roads.

“Puspakom is providing free vehicle inspection for car owners at all branches nationwide till July 15, from 8am to 5pm,” Lim told reporters after the campaign on Thursday.

Husni said Penang was the first state to launch the nationwide campaign.

“Based on past records, about 60% of road accidents in the country involved motorcycles.

“In Penang, motorcycle accidents accounted for 70% of all road accident cases.

“So far this year, there has been 114 deaths in motorcycle accidents,” he said.

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