Crash accident collision

The majority of accidents that occur on the East Coast Expressway Phase 2 (LPT2) can be attributed to human error, the Malaysian Highway Authority (LLM) finds, according to a report by Bernama. “Seventy percent or 238 out of 339 accident cases occurred on LPT2 between Feb 1 and June 2 were due to human factors,” said LLM director-general, Datuk Ir Ismail Md Salleh.

He went on to stress that various factors which came into play included drivers driving while feeling fatigue, speeding in bad weather, failure to comply with safety instructions and overall carelessness. Of the total number of accidents, 10 cases resulted in death, 25 in serious injuries, 58 in minor injuries while the remaining did not report any form of injury at all.

“Nineteen percent or or 65 cases were due to intrusions of animals while 11% (36 cases) were due to water crossings and faulty vehicles,” he added. On the condition of the highway itself, Ismail stated that a majority of the LPT2 highway was in a good state although several spots have been earmarked for repair works.

Additional measures have been taken by the LLM and the Malaysian Public Work Department (JKR) to reduce the risk of accidents including increasing patrols, repairing damaged fences, cooperating with the relevant agencies to help raise the levels of awareness on safety and erecting signage around animal intrusion hotspots.

“LLM and JKR have also identified locations of water crossings and dangerous corners and will improve road surface and take suitable interventive measures with the cooperation of the police, Road Transport Department (JPJ) and the Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD),” he concluded.