PETALING JAYA: Prompt action is needed to prevent road accidents near schools following the recent spate of incidents, said Malaysian Institute of Road Safety Research (Miros) chairman Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye.
Lee said it was tragic that three children were killed in road accidents near schools within a week.
“With the absence of effective measures to deal with these problems, accidents of this nature will recur,” he said, adding that the safety of the students was not the responsibility of the school alone.
“The schools play a part but interventions can be made by relevant government agencies such as the police, Rela or the local authorities.
“There must be an effort from all the stakeholders and relevant agencies to sit down and discuss ways to deal with these problems,” Lee said.
He said the police and Rela could assist in managing traffic near school grounds while the public must play its role in respecting traffic rules.
On Wednesday, 11-year-old SK Telok Medan pupil Mohamad Haikal Helme was killed when he was run over by a lorry in front of the school in Bagan Serai, Perak.
On Tuesday, Year Four pupil Muhammad Syamil Harun, 10, was killed when he was hit by a car outside SK Santong in Dungun, Terengganu.
On Thursday, SK Pegoh Year One pupil Hani Harizah Hafizal, seven, sustained head injuries and broke her left arm after she was run over by a car in front of her school in Alor Gajah. She died from her injuries on Friday.
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