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Pledge for road safety
Celebrities and citizens vow to ditch bad driving habits on 09.09.09
SUNGAI BULOH: Former F1 driver Alex Yoong pledged to not overtake from the left lane.
Singer Datuk Sharifah Aini vowed to ensure that all passengers in her car wore seatbelts.
Photographer Kid Chan promised to be more patient towards reckless drivers and not be a reactive driver.
The three celebrities were among 184,102 Malaysians who pledged to ditch their bad driving habits on the MUFORS or “Malaysians Unite for Road Safety” website ( www.090909. org.my).
MUFORS is a community project aimed at inculcating road safety awareness and reducing the number of accidents.
Those who made pledges are expected to carry them out today, starting from 9am and ending at 9pm.
“We hope that this date will be the starting point for everybody to do their part in increasing road safety awareness,” said MUFORS chairperson Noorizah Abdul Hamid at the official launch held at the Sungai Buloh Overhead Bridge Restaurant yesterday.
According to Noorizah, an average of 18 deaths are recorded in Malaysia a day, due to road accidents.
“Who is responsible for this worrying figure? We are always pointing fingers but we continue to drive dangerously.”
She hoped that people would keep honouring their pledges after today.
Works Minister Datuk Shaziman Abu Mansor, who mooted the idea of broadening road safety awareness through individual participation, said that initiating the project was a timely move because of high accident statistics.
“Now is the time to play a more proactive role in reducing road accidents,” he said in his speech before launching the campaign.
The event was also attended by Deputy Transport Minister Datuk Abdul Rahim Basri, Federal traffic police chief Senior Asst Comm (II) Datuk Abdul Aziz Yusof, Road Safety Department director-general Datuk Suret Singh, and other guests.
On the Hari Raya exodus, Shaziman said ten accident-prone sites along federal roads have been upgraded to make them safer for motorists.
He said that toll concessionaires will cope with the surge in the number of vehicles by having staggered lanes for cash-paying motorists.