Drop in road fatalities

A TOTAL of 369 people died in accidents in Penang — a 6.6% drop compared with 395 fatalities reported in 2009.

However, state Transport, Utilities and Public Works Committee chairman Lim Hock Seng said the number of accidents went up to 34,305 last year compared with 33,719 cases in 2009 — an increase of 586 cases.

Lim, who is also Bagan Jermal assemblyman, said this at a press conference after attending a safety campaign in conjunction with Chinese New Year celebration at Jalan Besar, Raja Uda in Butterworth recently.

The safety campaign was jointly organised by State Road Safety Department (JKJR) and State Road Safety Council (MKJR).

Lim said the number of accident victims who were seriously injured also dropped by 62 cases from 273 in 2009 to 211 last year.

He advised road users to place priority on their safety when driving to their destinations during the festive season.

During the campaign, 300 goodie bags were distributed including five food hampers to motorists travelling with families, 50 new safety helmets were given in exchange with old ones from motorcyclists and their pillion riders.

Ooi said Puspakom was offering free inspection for private cars in conjunction with Chinese New Year.

The free inspection covers emission test, brake test, suspension and side slip tests to ensure optimal vehicle roadworthiness.

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