GEORGETOWN – The Road Safety Department (JKJR) conducts a road safety audit nationwide every three months in an effort to reduce the risk of accidents, director-general Datuk Dr Tam Weng Wah said today.
He said the audit covered inspection of the road surface, damaged curbs, motorcycle lanes and traffic lights.
“The audit was conducted proactively this year as a JKJR key performance index (KPI) for every state and the headquarters,” he told reporters after launching a road safety campaign at the Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) campus here.
He said any problem would be set right immediately in collaboration with the local authorities and relevant agencies.
He also said that the JKJR insisted on every branch detecting and fixing five problems in a month under the programme to address issues before they drew
Thus far, more than 800 cases of such a nature had been resolved this year, he said.
Tam said the human factor remained a major cause of road accidents, contributing to 80 per cent of the mishaps.
“Patience and concentration during driving have to be given greater emphasis. What’s the point of having good infrastructure without any change in the mentality and behaviour of road users?” he said.
Tam said there was a drop in the number of road accidents in Penang between January and September this year, from 29,722 cases to 28,958, compared to the corresponding period last year.
Altogether, 285 deaths occurred in the accidents this year up to September compared to 297 for the period last year, he added. – BERNAMA