THOUGH much has been written and said about road accidents in Malaysia, we still tend to underestimate the magnitude of the problem.
According to police figures, there are about 7,000 deaths annually; the exact number of serious injuries is not known. The World Health Organisation estimates for every road traffic death, there are 15 serious injuries and 70 minor injuries. Using this proportion, about 100,000 families in Malaysia are devastated annually by deaths and serious injuries/disabilities/hospitalisations.
So for every hour policymakers and enforcement officials delay an effective decision or action, scores of families are either devastated or affected.
PROF DR KRISHNAN RAJAM
Head, Department of Family Medicine
Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland & University College Dublin Malaysia Campus