Fatal crashes on Sibu-Selangau road prompts Tamin rep to urge JKR to increase traffic, safety signage

Christopher Gira Sambang

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SIBU, June 6: The Public Works Department (JKR) has been urged to set up more road signs and warning boards along the Pan Borneo Highway route from Sibu to Selangau.

Tamin assemblyman Christopher Gira Sambang made this call following recent fatal accidents on the said stretch which has claimed a number of lives.

“The authority concerned should explain to the people about the correct use of the road which is the four-lane route that has been opened and some parts which are still two-lane.

“This is not just the route of the Pan Borneo Highway in Selangau but the entire Pan Borneo Highway in Sarawak to reduce road accidents,” he said over the phone today.

Gira also advised all road users to be careful when travelling on the Pan Borneo Highway.

He also expressed his sympathy over the loss of at least eight lives in road accidents along the Sibu-Selangau stretch in recent days.

“I would like to advise motorists when returning from this Gawai holiday to drive within the set speed limits.

“This is because many sections of the Pan Borneo Highway are already open to vehicles, but some sections are open to four lanes and some are open to only two lanes,” he said, adding that this has confused many road users.

Gira said the attitude of drivers who like to take shortcuts and go against the traffic flow because the U-turn junction is quite far away is also very dangerous as it can cause accidents.

“Obey every warning sign and sign provided and use the U-turn route provided. Do not take shortcuts at will so as to cause danger to others and do not drive too fast,” Gira urged road users. — DayakDaily