KUALA LUMPUR: Road accidents during festive seasons occur largely because of drivers attitude, said Public Works Department director-general Tan Sri Zaini Omar.
Although statistics show that drivers attitude is the main cause of accidents and deaths, it is our responsibility to ensure the roads are safe for users, he said at a press conference on the departments safety measures for the long festive season covering Hari Raya, Christmas and Chinese New Year.
Besides its routine maintenance, such as grass cutting, clearing clogged drains and cleaning sign boards, the JKR head office had directed all state departments and concessionaire companies to carry out the following measures to reduce the number of accidents:
·PATCHING up potholes: All JKR offices and concessionaire companies have been instructed to do this immediately
·CONTROL building works on the roads: All states have been directed to stop building works or, at least, control the constructions so that they do not hinder traffic flow
l IMPROVE traffic management at work sites: Adequate caution signs, including blinkers, will be placed at work sites to guide road users, and
l PLACING warning signs at accident-prone areas: These signs will be placed at areas that are prone to landslips. This include aerial surveillance by helicopters at Route 59 (Tapah - Cameron Highlands) and Route 4 (Gerik Highway - Jeli).
Zaini said the JKR has allotted RM600mil for its routine maintenance works as well as RM20mil to improve safety at areas considered black spots.
He said the recent floods in Penang, Kedah and Perak had resulted in massive damages to public property, including roads and drains. The department has estimated that it may cost some RM77mil to repair.
At the same time, he added, the department was gearing itself for possible floods in the east coast and various measures were also being taken to face the problem.
Zaini said under the Eighth Malaysia Plan, some 203 locations have been identified as requiring aid to prevent landslides. This would cost the department RM101mil.
Other than that, RM15mil was being spent to maintain 176 other landslide-prone areas.