The government said that it spent RM27.8 million on improving road safety last year, the amount being used to carried out rehabilitative work in 60 accident prone locations on main roads and highways. According to Works Minister Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusof, this was part of the government’s efforts to boost the level of road safety in the country, Bernama reports.

“The government and I personally are very concerned and sad at mishap cases, especially those involving deaths and causing grief to the victims’ families,” he said, adding that while better roads were important, so was the attitude of road users. He said that it was not worthwhile to have first class highways and roads but have motorists who did not adhere to the regulations.

Fadillah also said that the ministry had issued a stop work order at major highways for 14 days, beginning from February 1, saying the measure was taken to ease congestions on the highways due to construction and maintenance works. “However, critical work is exempted (from the stop work order),” he explained.

He added that the ban on heavy vehicles on major roads and highways for four days this month, on February 6-7 and February 13-14, will be enforced by the Road Transport Department (JPJ).