Road safety awareness paramount in preventing fatal accidents, says Transport Minister

Lee (seated third from right) poses for a group photo with other participants during the road safety campaign event today.

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By Jaythaleela K

MIRI, June 7: It is crucial to instill a culture of encouraging road safety amongst motorists to reduce the number of fatal accidents, says Minister of Transport Sarawak Datuk Sri Lee Kim Shin.

“Road safety should be part of our culture; we must inculcate safety amongst our people to change their mindset,” he opined on Tuesday after attending the Endaya and Miri Public Works Department (JKR) Road Safety campaign in Miri.

Lee also reminded road users to always be extra careful while on the road, especially during the festive season.

“Safety always comes first, because we want them to go back to their respective villages and longhouses safely so that they can celebrate their holiday with their families and loved ones,” he pointed out.

He added that most of road accidents occurred due to negligent behavior.

“Failure to observe road safety or follow traffic rules and regulations are amongst the main contributors to road accidents,” he said.

On today’s road safety campaign, Lee lauded Endaya and JKR’s effort that aimed to promote road safety and to remind road users to always be mindful when traveling.

“I hope other non-governmental organisations (NGOs) or private companies will follow suit and promote road safety as well,” he said.

On another note, when asked to comment on the recent accident that happened at Jalan Bintang traffic light (in front Bintang Mega Mall), involving a four-wheel-drive (4WD) and a van, Lee disclosed that CCTV footage of the incident would be obtained today (June 7) from the city council.

“I was told that the traffic police will obtain the footage to help in their investigation of the incident,” he told reporters.

Also present were Miri mayor Adam Yii Siew Sang cum Pujut assemblyman, Miri Resident Abdul Aziz Mohd Yusuf, Miri deputy police chief Supt Mohd Sabri Zainol, JPJ Moro branch head Maya Morshidi and Endaya chief executive officer Peter Wong. — DayakDaily