The loss of vehicle control was responsible for the highest number of road accident fatalities last year, with 1,713 deaths recorded in 2015. This was followed by veering into the opposite lane, which resulted in 764 fatalities, Bernama reports.

The numbers were revealed by Bukit Aman traffic police chief SAC Mahamad Akhir Darus during a Traffic Performance briefing, where it was announced that the Automated Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) system will begin operating in June.

“Fatal accidents caused by overtaking accounted for 689 cases. Other factors included speeding, random speeding and others,” he told reporters. “Throughout last year, there were 6,706 road accident deaths with motorcyclists and pillion riders accounting for the highest number of deaths, with 4,203 cases, followed by car accidents which claimed 1,358 lives, pedestrian 482 cases, lorry 223 cases and others such as buses, 440 cases,” he stated.

Mahamad cited the increase in the number of people, vehicles and new drivers as the causes for the increase in road fatalities. He said Selangor, Johor, Kuala Lumpur and Penang were among states with the highest number of road accidents, while Perlis, Kelantan, Terengganu and Melaka recorded the lowest number.