Vehicular accidents in Miri down, fatalities up

Henry and Sarawak JPJ director Norizan Jili putting helmets on motorcyclists.

MIRI: The number of vehicular accidents in the city here has dropped to 16 per cent from January to December between 2020 and last year.

“However, there is an increase of 2.3 per cent of road fatalities between these periods adding up to 11 per cent of fatalities in road accidents.

“Accidental damage recorded a drop to 17.5 per cent, minor accident increased to 4.5 per cent and serious accident also increased to 21.7 per cent,” said Assistant Minister for Transport II Datuk Henry Harry Jinep.

He said this after attending the Road Safety Advocacy campaign in conjunction with the Chinese New Year celebration at KM6 Jalan Miri-Bintulu, Mosjaya on Friday (Jan 21).

He was representing Minister for Transport Datuk Seri Lee Kim Shin.

He said the Road Transport Department (JPJ) would carry out enforcement with the aim to lowering the rate of road accidents.

“The campaign is the initiative of JPJ to create awareness for road users and emphasise safety while on the road.”

The focus of the campaign was on vehicle drivers, motorcyclists and e-hailing drivers and riders, as well as holding a road safety talk.

In addition, JPJ also informed that there were a total of 442,969 vehicles of various types from 2015 to last year in Sarawak.

In 2020, the department recorded 62,998 vehicles while there were 38,514 vehicles last year, a 38 per cent drop.

The campaign was organised by JPJ in collaboration with the Ministry of Transport Sarawak, Sarawak Shell Bhd, Perkeso, the Public Works Department (PWD) and Miri City Council (MCC).

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