Bukit Aman: At least 12 people died daily due to road accidents in 2020

KUALA LUMPUR: At least 12 people died daily in road accidents nationwide last year, says Bukit Aman.

Bukit Aman Traffic Investigation and Enforcement Department director Deputy Comm Datuk Azisman Alias said that there were 4,297 fatal accidents involving 4,634 deaths.

He also said that motorcyclists topped the list with 3,118 deaths in 2020, followed by motorists travelling in cars came in second with 888 deaths, while pedestrians came in third with 266 deaths last year.

He however said that in 2019 there were 3,959 deaths involving motorcyclists in 2019, along with 1,253 deaths involving motorists in cars and 394 pedestrians in 2019.

DCP Azisman also said that the number of deaths decreased from 16.8 deaths daily in 2019 to 12.7 in 2020

"Last year 4,297 fatal accidents involving 4,634 deaths occurred, compared to the year before where 5,764 fatal accidents involving 6,167 deaths occurred, ” said DCP Azizman

He added that there was a 26.3% decrease in accidents with 418,237 cases reported in 2020 compared to 567,516 cases in 2019.

On operations carried out by his department, DCP Azisman said 7,604 operations were conducted last year which led to 7,655 arrests.

"We arrested 3,394 motorists for drink driving, 2,624 motorists for reckless and dangerous driving and 1,637 motorists for other offences. This year we will focus our efforts on conducting more operations to weed out 'samseng jalanan', drunk drivers and red-light offenders," he said.

DCP Azisman said between Dec 15 and 31, a large scale operation was conducted to take action on traffic light offenders.

"Throughout the operation, we issued 19,894 summonses to motorists.

"8,008 summonses were issued to motorcyclists and another 2,318 to delivery riders," he said adding that checks revealed that 17 delivery riders died in road accidents last year while 10 were seriously injured and 64 suffered minor injuries.

He added that this was a big increase compared to one death and four minor injuries recorded in 2019.

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