Rolling barriers? They save lives!


KUALA LUMPUR: The installation of the safety rolling barrier on certain Malaysian roads have reduced accidents by 94%, says the Works Ministry.

Deputy Works Minister Datuk Rosnah Abdul Rashid Shirlin said the system has been observed since its installation on Dec 14 last year in certain areas.

“Among the factor that reduces the accident impact is a barrier which uses rollers to convert energy from a collision into rotational motion.

“The barriers also have light reflectors and shock energy absorbers which directly reduce the impact of the clash on vehicle and drivers,” she said in Parliament on Wednesday.

She however said that the initial cost of installing such systems was six times more than conventional systems.

“For regular systems we install, its costs RM250 a metre but rolling barriers cost RM1,500 per metre.

“We are also looking to install this system around Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 because there are a lot of accidents in the area.

“The project is expected to begin at end of this month and hopefully will be completed by the end of October.

“The whole installation would require a total of 58 days,” she said.

Rosnah added that her ministry has done a cost benefit analysis and will continue to use high quality technology to ensure roads are safe for users.

She was answering Mukah MP Datuk Seri Dr Muhammad Leo Michael who had asked how successful the rolling barrier system has been.
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