Paying attention on the roads is particularly crucial during the festive and holiday periods, as an estimated 95% of road accident fatalities are due to driver carelessness, according to the Malaysian police as reported in The Sun.

“Based on analysis from previous operations, 95% of accidents were due to the carelessness of drivers. We are concerned over the high number of fatal accidents during festive seasons. This is why we are continuously conducting such programmes,” said the Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar, following the launch of Ops Selamat 11 which commenced yesterday and which will take effect until July 2.

The total number of accident cases increased by 524 cases or 2.6%, said Khalid, though fatal accidents went down by 40 cases last year. Meanwhile, the number of deaths recorded decreased by 31 compared to the previous year. Commenting on Ops Selamat, deputy prime minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said that 1.4 million of the 5.3 million summonses issued last year still had not been paid.

“Other than enforcement, public awareness is also important to reduce the accident rate and deaths during the festive season,” he said, also advising motorists to be more vigilant and careful on the roads.