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345 fatal road accidents in the first 9 months: Pang

Published on: Friday, November 30, 2012

Tawau: A total of 13,096 road accidents were recorded between January and September this year, of which 345 involved fatalities.

Assistant Infrastructure Development Minister, Datuk Pang Yuk Ming, said of the total fatalities recorded, 32 occurred in the district involving mostly pedestrians, 13 motorcycle riders and pillion riders, while five, motor vehicles.

To this, he stressed that good road infrastructure is immaterial if the minds and attitude of the road users have not changed when driving.

He said negligence was to blame for most of the accidents on the road, including fatalities.

He said this during a road safety programme, here, Thursday, during which he also distributed helmets to motorcyclists.

Meanwhile, Road Safety Department Director, Herdiansah Abdul Karim, said the implementation of the Automatic Enforcement System (AES) could reduce the number of accidents and also produce first class road users.

With the system in place, he said, the people would be more cautious and always control their speed.

According to him, a total of 33 AES would be set up in Sabah, especially on areas with high incidences of accidents.

Speed trap cameras, he said, would also be set up on 12 accident-prone locations.