MIRI: The Transport Ministry will bring road-safety campaigns right to the doorsteps of village folk in settlements located along the Pan-Borneo highway in Sarawak.
People and the authorities have expressed worries over a spike in traffic fatalities caused mainly by reckless driving and speeding along the Pan-Borneo highway.
The ministry will carry out extensive outreach in the rural and semi-rural areas starting with Kampung Tunku Abdul Rahman in Lambir next week, said the organiser’s spokesman Nora Sopa.
“A community gathering will be organised at villages and attended by Transport Ministry officials from Putrajaya and Road Safety Department officers from Miri. Transport Ministry chief secretary Datuk Seri Saripuddin Kassim is expected to attend the event.
“We want to work closely with the local community to curb road accidents and fatalities. Through these outreach programmes, we will educate them on defensive driving, tactics and proper road ethics. The focus is on both drivers and motorcyclists,” she said.
Miri Road Safety Council adviser Datuk Lee Kim Shin said many of the fatal accidents over the past years were mainly due to speeding. “Human recklessness must be curbed to minimise the fatalities, he said.