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'M'sian drivers still an immature lot'
Publication Date : 17-02-2014
Malaysians are still immature when it comes to road safety and following traffic regulations.
Road Safety Department director-general Tam Weng Wah said the country has first-world facilities and infrastructure, including good roads, pedestrian walkways, proper traffic lights and signages.
He added that despite the efforts to educate the public about abiding by traffic regulations, using zebra crossings and switching on signal lights while driving, many were still not disciplined in those aspects.
“Such bad habits and road culture have contributed to the death toll due to the negligence of their own safety as well as the safety of others,” he said after meeting pedestrians at Jalan Wong Ah Fook here on Sunday to promote road safety.
He said the accident index figures had gone down in the past few years but it was not fast enough compared to the pace of development in the country.
“In order to move towards a mature and developed society, road users need to be considerate and courteous on the road as well,” he added.
According to him, the majority of road accidents involved motorcycles, accounting for about 60% of the number of deaths nationwide over the past decade.
Deaths involving motorcyclists topped the list, followed by motorists and pedestrians at 20% and 9% respectively.
Tam said Malaysians needed to look up to Japan, where its people were well-disciplined in following road laws and doing basic things such as strapping on their seatbelts before switching on the car engine.