The number of road fatalities last year was 6,740 deaths, which is lower than what was recorded in 2016 (7,152 deaths). Additionally, the fatality index due to road accidents for every 10,000 registered vehicles was 2.34 in 2017 compared to 2.59 in 2016.

“I intend to reduce the death index due to road accident for every 10,000 registered vehicles to 2.0 this year,” said transport minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai in a report by Bernama. Liow noted motorcyclists remained the main contributor to the number of road fatalities, accounting for 64.5%, or 4,348 deaths, of motorists killed last year.

He also said the reduction in the number of road fatalities showed the success of the Awareness Automated Safety System (AWAS). The system, which unifies the Automated Enforcement System (AES) and the Kejara demerit points system, saw up to 95% compliance in speed limits since it was implemented.

For the upcoming Chinese New Year festivities and the ensuing exodus of motorists heading back to their hometowns, 5,600 personnel from the Road Safety Department, Road Transport Department (JPJ) and the Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM) will be deployed from now until February 23.

Two programmes will be put into action during that period – Ops Selamat by the police and Ops Bersepadu by JPJ. To maximise traffic flow, maintenance and construction work at highways, federal and state roads will be halted during the operation period. Additionally, commercial vehicles are prohibited from using these roads on February 14, 15, 24 and 25.