SELANGAU: Chinese families are making last minute preparations to celebrate the Lunar New Year or Spring Festival tomorrow and many of those working or staying outstations are rushing home to be with their families for the reunion dinner tonight.

Sibu Rural District Council (SRDC) councillor, Henry Kanyan Vincent Rawing yesterday advised those returning to their hometowns to ensure they reach home safely.

He urged motorists to check and ensure that their vehicles are road worthy before embarking on their journey.

“When driving along the Pan Borneo Highway, be aware of heavy vehicles along the route which are being deployed in the construction of the highway.

A motorcyclist receives a road safety flier during the road safety campaign.

“Increasing traffic on the roads during the festive season often resulted in higher exposure to accidents. Hence, motorists must always be alert,” he said.

Kanyan, who is PRS Youth exco member also reminded drivers who are tired to stop at a safe place before proceeding.

“What’s important is to plan your trip first. Don’t let tragedy happen to your family and others because of your carelessness. Most of these accidents are caused by human behavior,” he said.

He commended the Public Works Department (JKR) for promptly resurfacing the road near the Stapang Police Station to Tamin.

“In the past, roads in the area were dotted with potholes which caused many vehicle tires to puncture,” he said.

Henry said the resurfacing of the road would facilitate a smoother journey for motorists.

Meanwhile Lebuhraya Borneo Utara (LBU), the contractor for the highway, recently conducted a road safety campaign at the Sibu-Selangau portion of the highway project in conjunction with the CNY celebration.