KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 15, 2015:

Motorcyclists still accounted for the highest number of fatalities in road accidents in Kuala Lumpur in the first seven months of this year.

Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur Road Safety Department director Subashini Jane Antony said based on the recent statistics from Kuala Lumpur traffic police, there were 131 deaths reported from January to July this year, the same figures reported during the same period last year.

“Based on that figures, the number of fatalities due to motorcycle accidents recorded from Janaury to July this year were 85 cases compared to 79 cases during the same period last year, an increase of six cases.

“This is a worrying trend, there are various factors that contribute to these cases but personally I think road users themselves have to change their mentality and attitude on the roads,” she told reporters after officiating the 2015 World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims here today.

It is an annual event celebrated throughout the world on the third Sunday of November each year to commemorate the victims of traffic accidents worldwide.

Subashini said the main objective of this programme was to share a sense of sympathy and empathy for the victims’ families who had lost their loved ones.

“We want to cultivate awareness of the importance of road safety culture as a norm of life among the younger generation.

“Secondly, we want to highlight the importance of ‘self-regulate’ on regulatory compliance and traffic law among the younger generation,” she said.

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