Improved safety hardware can reduce road deaths

  • Letters
  • Monday, 21 Nov 2005

ALL the talk about the horrible death toll on Malaysian roads misses a key point – we want results, and we want results now.  

Complaining about bad attitudes on the road is essentially empty rhetoric because you won’t see results, at least not in the near term.  

Human behaviour is very hard to change. Short of a revolution, it takes time, education, maybe even another generation, before we will see transformation in attitudes. 

But what will make an immediate impact is to improve the hardware on the roads.  

We want to see fewer motorcycles, because without a protective outer shell, an accident involving them means almost certain death.  

We want to see cars equipped with basic safety features – front and side airbags, ABS, EBD, traction control, etc – because not only do they reduce the possibility of accidents, the risk of grievous bodily harm or death is also substantially reduced.  

This has been proven in countless studies and explains why in most developed countries these features have been made compulsory. 

In Malaysia we still see a lot of motorcycles (you hardly see any in Singapore), and easily 70% of the cars on the road do not have these basic safety equipment. 

But the majority of the people cannot afford safe hardware on the roads.  

Unless this is changed, it is a waste of time to moan about attitudes and road deaths. 

W.N.N, Ampang. 

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