Starting them young

THE Penang Road Safety Department (JKJR) will be visiting schools in the state to generate awareness about road safety.

Its state deputy director Roziah Aziz yesterday said the educational programme also involved the police, state Road Transport Department, state Education Department, state road safety council and all parent-teacher associations.

“The programme will instill responsibility in students about following the rules and regulations on the road.

“It is easier to reach out to road users when they are young as they have yet to develop bad driving habits,” Roziah said after a road safety seminar for heavy vehicle drivers at the Sunway Carnival Convention Centre.

Roziah said the programme would be conducted in stages and JKJR hoped to cover all schools in the state eventually.

She urged the students to make use of public transportation when they travel to school as statistics showed that most accident fatalities involved young motorcyclists.

“We cannot force the students but we can advise them besides urging their parents to encourage their children to rely on public transportation rather than motorcycles when commuting to schools,” she said.

Malaysian Institute of Road Safety Research (Miros) statistics showed that 71.6% of deaths in road mishaps, were those which involved motorcyclists and their pillion riders while majority of the victims were youngsters aged between 15 and 25.

Roziah said based on the same statistics, about 43% of the victims did not possess driving licence and did not wear safety helmets.

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