Teen bikers top road fatalities record

Roslan Eusoff (white shirt), Muhamad Husni (red shirt) and Norhayati (black tudung) going through old helmets that failed a Sirim test before having them disposed of at Pusat Memandu Mutiara in Sungai Dua, Gelugor.

MOTORCYCLISTS aged between 16 and 29 accounted for the highest number of road fatalities in the country, said Road Safety Department deputy director-general Datuk Roslan Eusoff.

With this in mind, he said it was vital for teenagers and children to be reminded on following road rules and safety, such as wearing Sirim-approved helmets.

He, however, did not provide the number of fatalities.

Roslan also said fatalities due to road accidents had shown a decrease, with 360 cases reported last year compared to 378 cases in 2014.

“I believe efforts from various parties contributed to the decline.

“As we all know, our objective is to achieve zero fatalities due to road accidents.

“This cannot be achieved without the implementation of planned and ongoing activities, as well as the cooperation of various parties, be it government or privatesectors,” he said.

Roslan said in his speech during the Special Advocacy Programme on Road Safety at Pusat Memandu Mutiara in Sungai Dua, Gelugor in Penang, recently.

The programme, organised by Penang Road Safety Department and Pusat Memandu Mutiara,also saw the disposal of 200 old helmets which did not meet the requirement of Malaysia Sirim Standard.

The old helmets were collected from several road safety campaigns held previously.

Roslan said the programme was unique as it involved a private agency which was committed in spreading road safety awareness among the public.

“The proactive approach by Pusat Memandu Mutiara in helping the Government through JKJR (Road Safety Department) is a priceless noble step.

“They are responsible incoordinating road safety advocacyprogrammes nationwide, especially in promoting road safety culture among youngsters.

“This approach is in line withthe National Blue Ocean Strategy principle, that is to involve thecorporate and private sectors in every government’s implementation,” he said.

Pusat Memandu Mutiara general manager Norhayati Hamid saidthe Road Transport Department (JPJ) had made several changes to improve the quality of prudent drivers on the road.

In a press conference later, Penang Road Safety Department director Muhamad Husni Mahmud said Penang ranked fourth in the highest number of road accidents in 2014 (38,747) and 2015 (39,856) after Selangor, Johor and Kuala Lumpur.

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