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Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Youth biggest victims of road accidents

Motorcyclists and pillion riders form the bulk of road accident victims.
KUALA LUMPUR: The majority of road casualties in Malaysia are those aged between 15 and 40 years, police statistics show.
Transport Minister Loke Siew Fook told the Dewan Rakyat today that on average, 2,600 youth in the 16-30 age bracket are killed every year.
In 2016, 2,818 youth were killed in road accidents, 2,693 in 2017 and 2,449 last year, with most of the victims travelling on motorcycles.
Loke said of the 2,693 youth who died in road accidents in 2017, 72% were either motorcycle riders or their passengers.
Loke said road safety campaigns by the Malaysian Institute of Road Safety Research (Miros) have focussed on motorcyclists, and cited a drop in the number of road deaths in Batu Pahat following the “My Safe Road” campaign.
To a question by Fadillah Yusof (GPS-Petrajaya), Loke said the government does not plan to ban the use of small motorcycles or “kapchais”.
“There are some 16 million registered motorcycles in the country and most of them are kapchais. If today we say we don’t allow kapchais, many will be affected.”
He said his ministry and Miros are looking into building more motorcycle lanes but said they are costly.
He said they would propose for motorcycle lanes to be built in some accident-prone areas under the 12th Malaysia Plan. - FMT

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