Close To 570,000 Road Accidents with More Than 6,000 Fatalities Annually in Malaysia

‘Us’ road safety to create a safety culture with values, beliefs, and attitudes among road users

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The 'Us' Road Safety Campaign aims to raise awareness among road users on the importance of road safety

In the last 6 years, the number of road accidents in Malaysia has been increasing to more than 500,000 accidents annually. The need to raise awareness on road safety among motorists is vital to ensure the reduction of road accidents especially during festive seasons. With this in mind, Persatuan Insurans Am Malaysia (PIAM) and Malaysian Takaful Association (MTA) jointly launched a nationwide ‘Us’ Road Safety Campaign (Campaign), to shift the mind-set of motorists and inculcating safe riding and driving habits by road users.

Following two years of lockdown and cross border restrictions, this year’s Hari Raya Aidilfitri saw approximately 4.7 million vehicles on the roads and highways for the “balik kampung” exodus.

The national ‘Us’ Road Safety Campaign started on the 21st of April 2022 and will run until the 31st of May 2022, coinciding with the festive “balik kampung” exodus, to take advantage of the opportunity to educate motorists on road safety and create awareness on the causes of road accidents. The campaign also wishes to remind motorists of negligent riding and driving behaviours to avoid, and the impact of high road accident fatalities on society, the economy and the Nation as a whole.

Focusing on creating and boosting awareness on shared responsibility during this festive season, the Campaign introduced its slogan “Safety starts with ‘S’ but begins with ‘U’”, encouraging all Malaysians to play their part in ensuring safe practices on the roads. This Campaign seeks to target road user segments, especially car drivers, motorcyclists, Gig Economy workers as well as commercial vehicle drivers in five (5) states with the highest accident death rates, namely Selangor, Kuala Lumpur, Johor, Perak and Penang.

Close To 570,000 Road Accidents with More Than 6,000 Fatalities Annually in Malaysia
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According to Antony Lee, PIAM Chairman, “From the millions of road users during the Hari Raya exodus, it takes ONE road user to be negligent and cause a fatal road accident.  Tragically, a family may lose their loved one and that would be very unfortunate”.

Echoing Lee’s sentiments, Mohamed Sabri Ramli, Deputy Chairman of MTA said, “It is up to us to make a difference. As a Nation, it is our shared responsibility to turn around the statistics, and make Road Safety a way of life. Let the ‘Us’ brand be our “voice” for road safety. Let us not be part of the statistics.”

Based on the ‘Road Traffic Negligence in Malaysia’ study conducted by Vodus for PIAM and MTA[1] using the ‘Wisdom of the Crowd’ survey methodology, the most common road safety negligence by car drivers in the top 5 states is tailgating, which is observed by 50% of the car drivers surveyed, followed by speeding. Motorcyclist swerving between lanes is the most common negligence, which is observed by 58% of the motorcyclists. Using mobile phones while riding the bike is the highest rate for gig-economy workers such as food delivery riders, with an observation rate of 62%. In the case of heavy vehicles / bus drivers, the most common negligence involved is the failure to enforce seatbelts on passengers, which has a 52% observation rate, while speeding accounts for an observation rate of 51%.

Over the years, most road fatalities involved motorcyclists. During the PIAM-MTA 2022 Nationwide Road Safety Campaign, the Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM) informed that in 2020, there were a total of 4,634 fatalities due to road accidents, with 3,118 (67%) involving motorcycle accidents[2]. This situation was partially attributed to an increase in food and other delivery services during the pandemic. There was also an alarming death count amongst young motorcyclists aged 16-30 years old totalling 11,690 deaths, which represented 45% of total motorcycle fatalities due to road accidents from 2014-2020[3].

As the traffic levels return to normality, it is crucial to ensure that we don’t return to prepandemic numbers of deaths on our roads. It is said that there is one death every 84 minutes in rising road accidents.[4] ‘Us’: Road Safety Campaign’s vision is to not only create awareness on the importance of road safety, but also to positively influence and instill safe driving/riding habits and attitudes amongst road users, as well as embracing shared responsibility encouraging safety on the roads over the long run.

Join PIAM’s and MTA’s ‘Us’ Road Safety movement for road safety tips, facts and more by following these official social media platforms:

Official Facebook ‘Us’ Road Safety Campaign: https://www.facebook.com/UsRoadSafety

Official Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/usroadsafety

Official TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@usroadsafety Official Telegram: https://t.me/+Lqft3zAV_nIzZjZl.

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[1] ‘Road Traffic Negligence in Malaysia’, A Vodus Study for PIAM and MTA as of 31st January 2021 conducted by Vodus Research Sdn Bhd from 28th December 2021 to 26th January 2022.  
[2] Statistics as provided by YDH. Supt Dr Bakri bin Haji Zainal Abidin, Principal Assistance Director (Enforcement), Traffic Investigation and Enforcement Department of the Royal Malaysia Police, Bukit Aman (PDRM) during PIAM-MTA 2022 Nationwide Road Safety Campaign, 13th January 2022
[3] ‘Kapcai pembunuh utama remaja, kanak-kanak’ by Shahrim Tamrin and Liu Honglin, Sinar Harian on 31st January 2022, page 10; data sources from Bukit Aman Traffic Investigation and Enforcement Department (Jabatan Siasatan dan Penguatkuasaan Trafik Bukit Aman). 
[4] ‘One death every 84 minutes in rising road accidents, say cop’ by Jananey Ramachandran; Free Malaysia Today on 13th January 2022 at https://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2022/01/13/one-deathevery-84-minutes-in-rising-road-accidents-say-cops/