Melaka ramps up efforts to reduce road accidents

MELAKA: Melaka will revive its now defunct Road Safety Council (MKJR) after the state recorded a sharp increase in road fatalities between February and March this year.

State Public Works, Transport, Public Amenities and Infrastructure Committee chairman Datuk Roslan Ahmad told The Star that the function of MKJR was still vital to identify accident-prone areas and prevent deaths.

“I have proposed to the Melaka Road Transport Department my plans to revive MKJR.

“I have also put forward the proposal to relevant stakeholders in the state, ” he said in an interview yesterday.

“Motorcyclists contributed to the highest casualty rates in the state and we have to encourage riders to think of their safety.”

Roslan added that it was more important to avoid burdening the state’s healthcare system during the Covid-19 pandemic by preventing road accidents through awareness campaigns.

MKJR was among five state agencies closed in May 2018 by the former Pakatan Harapan-led Melaka government, which claimed that MJKR’s role was no longer relevant.

Yesterday, state traffic police chief Supt Hasan Basri Yahya said there was a drastic increase of 51% in road accidents between February and March, with 907 accidents reported in February and 1,370 in March, or a spike of 463 in just a month.

He added that five deaths were recorded in February and 15 in March, bumping up figures two-fold.

Four of the five deaths in February and eight of the 15 fatalities in March involved motorcyclists.

Supt Hasan Basri said impatience, tailgating and speeding were the main causes of the increase in mishaps within a month.

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