PETALING JAYA: The Transport Ministry will be drafting more "drastic" solutions aimed at reducing road accidents and preventing fatalities, says Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong.
"One of the pressing matters we discussed for future action was the staggering number of road accidents involving motorcyclists, who are among the most risk prone groups on the road.
"One of our overarching goals is to bring down the number of accidents towards zero or at the very least, prevent more fatalities on the road," the Transport Minister said in a statement Thursday (June 25).
Dr Wee said the matter was discussed with Malaysian Institute of Road Safety Research (Miros) chairman Datuk Suret Singh and director-general Dr Khairil Anwar Abu Kassim.
Dr Wee said he was briefed on several studies and recommendations from their research.
He also noted,"for this, the ministry will be devising more drastic solutions for preventive actions together with Miros and other related agencies to greatly reduce mishaps on our roads."
It was reported on April 20 that the number of road accidents had dropped by almost 70% nationwide since the implementation of the first phase of the movement control order (MCO), which came into force on March 18.
Bukit Aman Traffic Investigation and Enforcement Department director Azisman Alias had said there were 10,382 accidents recorded between March 18 and April 14, with 130 of them involving 145 deaths.
“An average of 370 accidents were recorded daily during the first and second phase of the MCO. The trend shows a decline of almost 70%.
“Before the MCO, police recorded 1,500 cases daily with 16 to 17 deaths. With the enforcement of MCO, the current trend of road fatalities has dropped to between four and five cases daily," he said.
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