MOST backseat passengers in cars are now belting up following the Government’s various campaigns and enforcement efforts, said Penang Road Safety Department (JKJR) director S. Jegan.
“The compliance is the result of the police and Road Transport Department’s (JPJ) campaigns and enforcement efforts over the past few weeks.
“The passengers have also become aware of the importance of belting up for safety,” he told newsmen after a road safety campaign held in conjunction with the Chinese New Year at the Sungai Dua toll plaza where more than 250 cars and 10 buses were screened on Friday.
Jegan said the checks to ensure that backseat passengers belted up would be ongoing, adding that most of these passengers were either the elderly or children.
“We also handed out 30 helmets after checking 80 motorcyclists whose helmets were not safe for use anymore,” he said
Motorcyclist Chan Eng Huat, 52, said he was supposed to buy a new helmet but had not gotten around to do it.
Another motorcyclist, M. Muru-gesan, 37, praised the Government for its concern in taking care of their safety by giving away Sirim-certified helmets to the motorcyclists.
Also taking part in the campaign, which started at 9am and ended at 11.30am, were personnel from JPJ, Puspakom, police and North-South Expressway concessionaire.