Unique road safety plan for Batu Pa­hat

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS - BY SHAHRIM TAMRIN

PU­TRA­JAYA: The Trans­port Min­istry will fi­nalise a unique road safety plan for Batu Pa­hat by end of the year to deal with the high in­ci­dence of road ac­ci­dents in the district.

Deputy Trans­port Min­is­ter Datuk Aziz Kaprawi said agen­cies un­der the min­istry are de­vis­ing a “mi­cro in­te­grated ap­proach” for the area.

“We will lo­calise a fed­eral ap­proach by en­gag­ing the stake­hold­ers at district level,” he told theSun.

Aziz said it could ei­ther be a stand-alone mode, new road safety plan or a unique plan that no other dis­tricts have.

Last month, a two-day work­shop was held in Batu Pa­hat for 25 par­tic­i­pants from Malaysian In­sti­tute of Road Safety Re­search, Road Safety Depart­ment, Road Trans­port Depart­ment, Pub­lic Works Depart­ment, po­lice and univer­sity re­searchers.

Road Safety Na­tional Blue Ocean Strat­egy clus­ter chair­man Prof Ah­mad Farhan Mohd Sadul­lah said it may adopt the ex­pe­ri­ence from other par­lia­men­tary con­stituen­cies na­tion­wide as part of the plan while analysing the mo­torists be­hav­iour in Batu Pa­hat.

He said the new road safety model may be ex­tended to other states.

On Mon­day, theSun re­ported that Batu Pa­hat had the du­bi­ous hon­our of be­ing the dead­li­est district, with the high­est road fa­tal­i­ties for two years in a row.

Last year, the district claimed 191 lives as com­pared to the 165 fa­tal­i­ties in the pre­vi­ous year. Mo­tor­cy­clists and pil­lion rid­ers were the high­est vic­tims with 63%.

Last year, there were 7,698 traf­fic col­li­sions recorded in Batu Pa­hat with 54 suf­fer­ing se­ri­ous and 293 mi­nor in­juries as com­pared to 7,445 road crashes in 2014 lead­ing to 47 af­flicted with se­vere and 547 mi­nor in­juries.

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