Over child mo­tor­cy­clists

> Some as young as six putting their lives in dan­ger on roads na­tion­wide

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

PETALING JAYA : Ca­su­al­ties among chil­dren and teenagers rid­ing mo­tor­cy­cles il­le­gally are on the rise with some as young as six years old putting their lives in dan­ger in the sub­urbs and ru­ral roads na­tion­wide.

Of­fi­cial data from traf­fic po­lice dis­closed that many young mo­tor­cy­clists from six to 10-year-olds are killed on the roads ev­ery year, with 13 deaths and 88 in­jured last year. It is an in­crease of 10 deaths and 79 in­juries com­pared to 2014 sta­tis­tics.

The “2015 Sta­tis­ti­cal Re­port on Road Ac­ci­dents” re­leased by the Fed­eral Traf­fic In­ves­ti­ga­tion and En­force­ment Depart­ment also re­vealed that 249 un­li­censed bik­ers aged be­tween 11 and 15 were killed, 229 sus­tained se­ri­ous in­juries and 427 cases of mi­nor in­juries.

It is a hefty jump com­pared to the 2014 sta­tis­tics which saw 225 killed, 198 (se­ri­ous in­juries) and 324 (mi­nor in­juries) for the 11 to 15-year-old age group.

The re­port also dis­closed that due to mo­tor­cy­cle crashes last year, there were 1,235 road fa­tal­i­ties or an av­er­age of 3.4 deaths a day – bik­ers and pil­lion rid­ers – in­clud­ing ba­bies on board.

The 2015 fa­tal­i­ties in­volv­ing pil­lion rid­ers were:

16 in­fants and tod­dlers (up to five years old) 17 chil­dren (six to 10 years old) 53 chil­dren (11 to 15 years old) 97 teenagers (16 to 20 years old) There were 790 deaths in the 16- to 20year-old age group while 577 suf­fered se­ri­ous in­juries and 1,112 cases of mi­nor in­juries – the high­est fa­tal­i­ties and ca­su­al­ties from a par­tic­u­lar age group in the over­all road fa­tal­i­ties na­tion­wide.

A to­tal of 3,816 mo­tor­cy­clists and 387 pil­lion rid­ers from all ages per­ished last year, an in­crease of 24 deaths (for bik­ers and pil­lion rid­ers) than the pre­vi­ous year’s fig­ure.

There were 2,509 deaths in­volv­ing Malay bik­ers, fol­lowed by In­di­ans (513); Chi­nese (473) and for­eign­ers (236) last year.

Most road deaths were in ru­ral ar­eas, claim­ing 2,193 vic­tims, fol­lowed by ur­ban ar­eas (801), small towns (572) and ma­jor cities (250).

The 2015 fa­tal­i­ties data also re­vealed that 1,295 bik­ers and pil­lion rid­ers (108) were not us­ing safety hel­mets.

The most com­mon time for deaths on the road in­volv­ing bik­ers was be­tween 8.01pm and 10pm, with 500 deaths, and from 6.01pm to 8pm with 470.

An un­der­age mo­tor­cy­clist in Jalan Ang­gerik Per­dana, Se­menyih.

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