GOMBAK: “Strap your children into baby car seats, put on your seat belt and obey the law on your balik kampung drive.”
These words of advice were from Deputy Transport Minister Datuk Kamaruddin Jaafar during the launch of a Hari Raya road safety campaign here yesterday.
He met with drivers at the Gombak Toll Plaza and distributed gift packages to wish them a safe drive back to their hometowns.
“Eighty per cent of the road accidents are caused by human factors such as carelessness, mobile phone distractions or smoking while driving,” he said in his opening speech.
“The second factor is road conditions and the car itself.”
The Bandar Tun Razak MP said it was important for road users to be disciplined.
“The majority of deaths involve motorcyclists, with victims usually being teenagers,” he said, highlighting the importance of motorcyclists to also be extra careful.
Kamaruddin said the Chinese New Year road safety campaign successfully reduced the accident rate to 20,829 cases this year from 21,041 cases in 2018, adding that he hoped to see the same reduction for the Raya season. “We reduced the death rate by 19 deaths per day in 2013 to 18 deaths a day in 2018,” he said.
“Now we want to see it reduced to 17, 16, 15, or 14 deaths a day.
“Our hope is not just to reduce the number of accidents, but to reduce it by a big margin.”
Kamaruddin said the Transport Ministry viewed the campaign, themed “Pandu Cermat Sampai Selamat” (Drive Safely, Arrive Safely), seriously.
More than two million vehicles are expected to hit the road during the balik kampung exodus.