SERIAN: Road users are reminded to be courteous when on the road. This helps to prevent road accidents and save lives.
In making the call, Education, Science and Technological Research Minister Datuk Amar Micheal Manyin Jawong asserted that inconsiderate road users would be one of the main road accident causes.
Malaysian drivers are lacking in road courtesy when compared to drivers in developed countries.
“In developed countries such as England, the United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, the drivers are more courteous than the ones here in Malaysia. They even give way to other drivers.
“But in Malaysia, not only the drivers here would not give way — they even rush to drive as fast as they can on the lanes. We actually fight for our way.
“If we drive responsibly and in accordance with rules set by JPJ and police, the accident rate will inevitably decline,” he said when officiating at the state-level Road Safety Campaign 2020 here in Serian on Monday (Dec 21).
On motorists who drive slowly, Manyin reminded that they should not drive on the right lane and they are not aware of the signboard whereby it is stated that motorists should drive on the left lane if they do not intend to overtake other vehicles.
“There are motorists who drive very slowly on the right lane; I hope the police can help to explain and apprehend these motorists not to drive on the right lane if they want to drive slowly or not overtaking.
“In England, if you do that, you will be fined by the police,” he added.
At the event, Manyin alongside JKR personnel, handed out goodies to motorists.
The state-level Road Safety Campaign 2020 was held to increase awareness among motorists of road safety especially during the Christmas celebration.
It was organised by the Serian Division Road Safety Council in collaboration with Sarawak Road Safety Council and government agencies such as the police, Public Works Department (JKR) and JPJ.
Among those present at the event were Bukit Semuja assemblyman John Ilus and Serian Resident Tuah Suni.