TAIPING: Following the high rate of accidents along the Changkat Jering-Simpang and Simpang-Taiping roads, the authorities have ordered that additional safety features be put up there.
As a start, the district Public Works Department (JKR) will install more blinkers, barriers and reflectors as well as signages to alert motorists to the hazards along the roads, where upgrading work is being carried out.
The directive was issued by state JKR director Datuk Wong Wai Ching after a dialogue with representatives of residents and accident victims at the district JKR building here yesterday.
The cost of installing the safety features will be borne by the contractor, he said.
During the dialogue, Larut Matang district traffic chief Asst Supt Radin Samsudin Radnan said the contractor often ignored his recommendations on road safety measures.
He said before the upgrading project started in 2001, six deaths from 115 accidents were recorded along the Changkat Jering-Simpang stretch and this rose to 173 accidents and 11 deaths when preliminary groundwork on the project began the following year.
In 2003, there were eight deaths and 144 accidents; in 2004, 12 deaths and 169 accidents and up to August this year, six deaths and 142 accidents.
Along the Simpang-Taiping stretch, ASP Radin Samsudin said, 628 accidents and 37 deaths were recorded from 2002 up to last month.
State Public Utility and Infrastructures Committee chairman Datuk Ho Cheng Wang, who was also present, later visited the newly-constructed bridge along the Simpang-Taiping stretch where joss-stick trader Lai Bak Weng, 43, died after he fell into an enclosure and was thrown into the river about 11.30pm on Aug 30.