KUALA LUMPUR: Motorists nationwide have been reminded to be more alert on the road as there are approximately 30,000 accidents every year, said Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.
The Deputy Prime Minister said operations conducted by the police have been unable to curb the number of road accidents, especially during festive periods.
"The road accident rate has reached about 30,000 cases each year," he said, adding that over a 10-year period, this would reduce the nation's workforce considerably.
The Home Minister said this during his speech at the Wilayah International Motofest (WIM) at Dataran Merdeka on Saturday (Feb 24) night.
The event attracted more than 30,000 superbikers and riders from across the country as well as participants from Thailand, Indonesia and Singapore.
He said safety must be prioritised at all times and all road rules adhered to.
"Once we are on the bike, we have to be alert and focused," he said, adding that he was a biker himself.