Selangor taking steps to check road accidents

Azrin (left) and Mohamad Zahri looking at child car seats at the launch of Selangor Road Safety Month.

SHAH ALAM: All local councils in Selangor have been instructed to display statistics on deaths caused by road accidents on LED screens to remind motorists of the consequences arising from careless driving.

“Nine local councils have started displaying such infographics on 34 screens since last Nov 15,” Selangor deputy secretary (management) Mohamad Zahri Samingon said when launching the Selangor Road Safety Month at the state secretariat here.

He said speeding and disregard for traffic rules were major reasons for accidents.

He stressed that the pain from injury, regret, frustration and financial loss arising from traffic accidents were preventable, if only motorists were more cautious.

He said Selangor Road Safety Council (Selangor MKJR) had received an allocation of RM162,000 out of the RM2mil set aside in the 2023 Budget for helmets to be given out to adults and children.

As of Dec 5 last year, the state government had distributed 2,760 adult helmets to state agencies such as the Road Transport Department (Selangor JPJ), Selangor MKJR in nine districts, as well as Malaysia Transport Institute, Malaysian Road Safety Research Institute and the Traffic Investigation and Enforcement Department.

Mohamad Zahri said child helmets would be distributed once Selangor MKJR received the supply.

At the same event, Selangor JPJ director Azrin Borhan said in his speech that 84,617 road accidents were recorded from January to June last year.

Of this number, 558 were fatal accidents, he said.

“Accidents are caused by three main factors. Driver attitude and negligence, mechanical failure, and external factors such as road conditions and weather.

“Some 80% of accidents, however, are a result of driver attitude and negligence,” said Azrin.

As of October, 295,073 summonses were issued by JPJ for various offences.
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