Road safety starts in school

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ROAD Trans­port Depart­ment di­rec­tor-gen­eral Datuk Nadzri Siron dis­closed that there are 18.8 mil­lion reg­is­tered ve­hi­cles and 14 mil­lion driv­ers in the coun­try, and his depart­ment is con­duct­ing a cam­paign to get 1.2 mil­lion el­i­gi­ble Malaysians with­out a driv­ing li­cence to ap­ply for them.

Last year, a to­tal of 6,700 fa­tal ac­ci­dents were recorded with 62% in­volv­ing mo­tor­cy­clists. Of the to­tal, some 30% in­volved school stu­dents.

If we wish to en­sure the pub­lic and next gen­er­a­tion of Malaysians pos­sess at­ti­tudes and prac­tices that pri­ori­tise road safety and com­pli­ance with the law, then we have to start with lessons in schools and con­tinue through col­leges and uni­ver­si­ties.

Those who failed to ob­serve safety norms and com­pli­ance with the law are not ed­u­cated, re­gard­less of the aca­demic qual­i­fi­ca­tions they may have ob­tained. All their re­li­gious or moral stud­ies would seem to be su­per­fi­cial with no ap­pli­ca­tion in real life.

Re­duc­ing the num­ber of Malaysians with­out driv­ing li­cences and fa­tal ac­ci­dents in the coun­try are con­crete mea­sures.

The tar­get for the Road Safety Plan 2014-2020 is to re­duce up to 50% of fa­tal ac­ci­dents, and suc­cess is pos­si­ble when ed­u­ca­tion and en­force­ment are re­dou­bled, if not trans­formed.

YS Chan Kuala Lumpur

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