Proactive measures to create road safety awareness

Roslan (second from left) putting on a safety vest on a student during the launching of the Road Safety Campaign in SMK Kota Masai 2. Looking on are the school’s principal Rosland Yusof (right) and Petron Malaysia Safety, Security, Health and Environment manager Lokman Hani.

PASIR GUDANG: An average of 18 victims a day died in road accidents nationwide last year, showing a decrease from 19 and 20 deaths daily in 2014 and the previous year respectively.

In Johor alone, some 70,303 road accidents were recorded last year including 1,077 fatal cases, mostly involving motorcyclists and pillion riders.

The Road Safety Department deputy director-general Datuk Roslan Eusoff said that the department has taken a proactive approach in creating awareness on road safety, especially among students in higher education institutions and secondary schools.

“Some 63% of the accident cases in Malaysia involved motorcyclists and many of the motorcyclists are actually school and university students.

“We are going all out to educate them on road safety and rules and we will start by adopting two schools in each state yearly to create the awareness,” he said during the Road Safety Campaign at SMK Kota Masai 2 here on Monday.

The campaign, jointly organised with Petron Malaysia Refining and Marketing Bhd, would include the dissemination of 100 safety jackets and helmets to students involved in the programme.

“We have adopted SMK Kota Masai 2 under our programme, as it is learnt that some 500 students ride motorcycles to school daily, most of whom do not possess a valid licence.

Through this campaign, students will not only gain more knowledge on road safety but will also be encouraged to register under the MyLesen programme to obtain their licences at a cheaper rate, he added.

Roslan said under the MyLesen programme, students above the age of 16 years old, can register for a Class B2 licence for just RM299, almost 50% of the usual rates charged by driving institutions.

He noted that the participants of the campaign would also receive a special Road Safety ambassador card to encourage them to be prudent roadusers, adding that the department was yet to identify another school in the state to conduct the campaign.

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