18 DEATHS a day


PETAL­ING JAYA: De­spite the many road safety cam­paigns be­ing car­ried out, there were 6,706 deaths on Malaysian roads last year – an av­er­age of 18 a day.

Of the fa­tal­i­ties, 62% in­volved mo­tor­cy­clists (3,816) and pil­lion rid­ers (387). Some 11,550 oth­ers suf­fered in­juries in the ac­ci­dents that were largely at­trib­uted to human fac­tors.

Fed­eral Traf­fic In­ves­ti­ga­tion and En­force­ment De­part­ment direc­tor SAC Datuk Ma­hamad Akhir Darus, said in the re­cently re­leased “2015 St a t i s t i c a l Re­port on Road Ac­ci­dents” there were 489,606 road crashes na­tion­wide last year, an in­crease of 2.8% from 2014.

He noted, how­ever, that the num­ber of fa­tal­i­ties and in­juries saw a re­duc­tion of 7.3%, as com­pared to 2014.

The high­est ca­su­al­ties in­volved those aged be­tween 16 and 20 years (934 cases), fol­lowed by 21 to 25-yearolds (828), 26 to 30 years (641), 31 to 35-year-olds (579), with the oth­ers aged above 36.

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