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BANDAR TASIK SELATAN, Feb 12, 2015:

An analysis of previous trends has led authorities to believe that without a comprehensive road safety programme, the number of deadly road accidents that will occur this year is 8,760.

Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai said the number would increase further in 2020, predicted to be at 10,716.

“This is why we have put in place several strategies that will be conducted in our Road Safety Plan 2014 – 2020, which we believe will reduce the number of deaths caused by road accidents by 50% or more by 2020.”

Liow, who was officiating the national Road Safety Campaign in conjunction with the upcoming Chinese New Year here, added that the number of road accidents in 2014 was the lowest in 10 years.

“Deadly road accidents recorded during Ops Selamat 4 during last year’s Chinese New Year was 152, a decrease by 25 cases from 2013.

“Also, the number of deaths due to road accidents last year was 6,674, significantly lower that 2013 which recorded 6,915 deaths.”

Themed “Bertimbang Rasa Di Jalan Raya, Elak Terkorban Nyawa” (Consideration on the road, avoid loss of life), Ops Selamat 6 will take effect starting today and will last throughout the holiday season until Feb 27.

Among the initiatives under the operation are urine tests on all bus drivers at 30 terminals nationwide, placement of 1,800 Road Transport Department (JPJ) officers at every 30 kilometres on the state’s main roads and surveillance over the use of metres by taxi drivers.

The Transport Ministry will also carry out a prevention and surveillance programme that will see all maintenance and construction works on federal and state roads temporarily stopped until Feb 26.

“The pause will be exempted only for roadworks that involve fixing potholes and emergency and critical maintenance.”

Other initiatives include the drop of speed limit by 10kph and free 15 points motorcycle safety checks, aimed at reducing the risk of accidents and fatalities.

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