Minister of transport, Anthony Loke earlier today launched the national level Road Safety Campaign and Integrated Ops (Ops Bersepadu) in conjunction with the Aidilfitri celebration. Attending the event was a large contingent of personnel from the various agencies tasked to ensuring safer roads during the festive period, namely JKJR (Road Safety Department), JPJ (Road Transport Department), MIROS (Malaysian Institute of Road Safety Research), The Royal Malaysian Police, Civil Defence Force, Fire and Rescue Department, Ministry of Health, AADK (National Anti-Drugs Agency), highway concessionaires, LLM (Lembaga Lebuhraya Malaysia), and others.
Describing that the road safety agenda is one of his main challenges as minister of transport, Anthony shared a few related statistics:
- There was an increase of total reported road accidents by 2.4 per cent in 2017 compared to the previous year, from 521,466 cases to 533,875.
- However, number of fatalities from road accidents is less by 5.76 per cent between 2016 and 2017; 7152 deaths in 2016 compared to 2017’s 6740.
- During the two weeks of ‘Ops Bersepadu’ for Aidilfitri last year, there were 22,402 accidents which caused 257 fatalities.
It was revealed that the Royal Malaysia Police will conduct ‘Ops Selamat 13’ from 8 June to 22 June while the JPJ will be part of ‘Ops Bersepadu’ during the the period. Enforcement efforts will take into account the new (temporary) gazetted maximum speed limit announced by the Works Ministry. On Federal roads, the usual 90kph limit will be 80kph, while the speed limit on state roads will also be reduced by 10kph to 70kph.
Vehicles that carry goods are also not allowed to be on the road on 13 and 14 June, as well as 23 and 24 June. This move will prevent the usually slow-moving heavy vehicles share the same road with lighter ones, thus reducing possibilites of a crash.