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14 August 2009

Malaysian road deaths average 18 a day


SERI KEMBANGAN: Transport Minister Datuk Seri Ong Tee Keat said statistics showed that, on average, 18 people died on Malaysian roads daily, with many more seriously injured.

He said last year 6,527 people died as a result of road accidents with motorcyclists recording 60 per cent of that fatality number, car occupants (20 per cent) and pedestrians nine per cent.

"These three categories of road users make up almost 90 per cent of fatalities on our roads," he said at the opening of the Malaysia International Road Safety Exhibition (MIREX), held at the Mines Resort City here.

His speech was read by his deputy Datuk Robert Lau.

Ong said road safety had now become a national and global problem which required a collective response to innovate, educate, lead and inspire road users to practice a first world road safety culture beginning with a change in mindset.

He said MIREX was in line with the government's hope, aspiration and efforts to raise the knowledge and awareness of Malaysians on the importance of road safety, as underlined in the Road Safety Plan 2006-2010.

"Our government welcomes the support and collaboration from the private sector to implement road safety initiatives that would instill a safety first culture among the people," he said.

The primary objective of the MIREX exhibition which starts from today to Aug 16, was to educate the public in areas of road safety, he said. - BERNAMA

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