A TOTAL of 362 fatalities was reported following 33,987 road accident cases in the state last year, said Penang State Road Safety Department (JKJR) director S. Jegan.
“The number of fatalities recor-ded a drop of 22 from 384 in 2007 but the total accident cases increased by 0.4% or 121 from 33,866 during the same period.
“The drop in fatalities can be attributed to the concerted efforts of the JKJR, the police and the state Road Transport Department. We have been organising road safety campaigns and other similar programmes throughout the year,” he said.
Jegan said the bulk of fatalities were motorcyclists and their pillion riders, with 225 reported in the first 10 months of last year, adding that they all died of serious head injuries.
“A nationwide study by the Malaysian Institute For Road Safety Research showed that 68% of all road fatalities were motorcyclists. Our eventual target is to reduce the percentage to 50%.”
He was speaking to reporters after attending a safety helmet campaign held in Tasek Gelugor, Butterworth on Monday.
Also present were Permatang Berangan assemblyman Shabudin Yahaya, Malaysian Road Safety Council treasurer Ahmed Ismail Amin.