Motorcyclist

A rise in fatal accidents have been recorded in the first ten months of 2015. From January to October this year, 838 fatal accidents were registered; out of that number, 612 involved motorcyclists, Bernama reports.

During the same period last year, director-general of the Road Safety Department Abd Ghafar Yusof said there were a total of 588 fatal accidents involving motorcyclists on record. That’s an increase of 24 cases this year. Yusof said this after the Ops Cerah operation conducted on Monday night.

Yusof said that in most cases, motorcyclists were not wearing helmets properly, while some crash helmets did not meet SIRIM specifications. In addition, he also noted that the motorcyclists involved were not wearing safety jackets, as recommended by Mohammad Fakhri Mansor, director of the Selangor Road Safety Department, previously.

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According to Yusof, a road safety advocacy campaign is important in reducing road accidents. Pointing to the index on fatal accidents, it showed a drop from 4.51 deaths per 10,000 vehicles in 2004, down to 2.66 deaths in 2014, as a result. Yusof said that the government is targeting to reduce it further to 2.0 deaths by 2020.

Meanwhile, statistics gathered from Ops Selamat 7 conducted back in August recorded an increased total of 200 deaths involving motorcyclists, at that time. While the North-South Expressway (PLUS) had also registered a rise in accidents involving motorcycles, but fewer deaths compared to the year 2014.

On that note, the Road Transport Department (JPJ) kicked off the myLesen programme back in September. However response has not been up to par, as of yet. The programme hopes to reduce accident rates among motorcyclists, along with helping some 3.35 million riders obtain a valid B2 motorcycle licence.