Road users urged to ex­er­cise ex­tra care dur­ing fes­ti­val

The Borneo Post - - FRONT PAGE - By Peter Boon reporters@the­bor­neo­

SIBU: The Malaysian In­sti­tute of Road Safety Re­search ( Miros) has called on road users to ex­er­cise ex­tra care dur­ing this fes­tive sea­son by ob­serv­ing the traf­fic rules and reg­u­la­tions.

Miros chair­man Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye gave this ad­vice in view of the ex­pected surge in traf­fic with Gawai Dayak cel­e­bra­tion ap­proach­ing.

“Those driv­ing home are an area of con­cern. There had been quite a num­ber of com­mut­ing ac­ci­dents.

“So, I think driv­ers must en­sure that they are well rested be­fore mak­ing the long jour­ney home for the fes­ti­val. This is be­cause fa­tigue can lead to ac­ci­dents.

“I think this is some­thing that falls on the in­di­vid­u­als. It is most im­por­tant in what­ever they do dur­ing the fes­tiv­ity – safety must not be taken for granted,” Lee stressed when con­tacted yes­ter­day.

Turn­ing to those re­turn­ing home by boats, he too urged them to give top pri­or­ity to safety.

“Fol­low all the safety re­quire­ments and wear the life jacket.”

More­over, he re­minded the pub­lic against board­ing the boat if it is al­ready full.

“The boat must not be over­crowded as this can pose dan­ger to pas­sen­gers,” he em­pha­sised.

Still on safety, Lee, who is also Na­tional In­sti­tute of Oc­cu­pa­tional Safety and Health ( Niosh) chair­man, re­minded kitchen

Those driv­ing home are an area of con­cern. There had been quite a num­ber of com­mut­ing ac­ci­dents. Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye, Miros chair­man

helpers to con­cen­trate on their work to pre­vent mishaps.

He was re­act­ing to The Bor­neo Post’s ar­ti­cle – ‘ Ho­tel kitchen em­ployee loses fin­gers in freak ac­ci­dent’ dated May 15.

“Ev­ery­one be­ing given work in kitchen ei­ther han­dling meat pro­ces­sor or meat cut­ter and oth­ers – are to ex­er­cise full con­cen­tra­tion.

“If they are fo­cused on their work, there is a good chance of pre­vent­ing ac­ci­dents,” he ad­vised.

Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye

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