Johor Road Accident Fatalities Alarming - JKJR

JOHOR BAHARU, July 16 (Bernama) -- The rate of fatal accidents in the state is getting more serious with 539 deaths recorded as at June this year despite stepping up road safety campaigns.

Road Safety Department (JKJR) Programme and Project Implementation Division director Mohd Rusdi Mohd Darus said as at June this year, there were 31,975 road accidents in Johor.

"Almost 60 per cent of fatal accidents involved motorcyclists and pillon riders who ignored traffic rules while on the road," he told reporters after a road safety advocacy programme in conjunction with Aidilfitri celebration, here today.

Mohd Rusdi said Batu Pahat district chalked up the highest accident deaths at 91 while Mersing had the lowest rate with 14 fatalities.

"Johor Baharu has the highest number of accidents with 7,155 cases while Mersing has the least number of accidents with 428 cases," he said.

Mohd Rusdi said there were 1,333 fatal accident cases in the state last year compared with 1,073 cases in 2012.

He said, JKJR was actively carrying out road safety campaigns to raise the level of awareness among road users to bring down accident deaths and cases in the state.

In the campaign Wednesday, JKJR gave away 500 bags of road safety guides and souvenirs to motorists at Jalan Tun Razak in view of the coming festive season.

The agencies involved in the road safety campaign this time included the Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) and police.

Also present was Johor state JKJR director Noormazura Mat Nawi.


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