506 road accidents were recorded between January and June this year, including six fatalities. In the six cases, the cause of death was identified as the passenger or driver not wearing safety belts during the accidents. The total indicated a reduction in road accidents compared to 2018 which recorded 633 cases and 586 cases last year. The news was shared during the National Road Safety Council, MKKJR Mid-year Review Media Conference yesterday morning.
The MKKJR through the Media and Dissemination Action Group, KTMP strives to enhance enculturing of safe driving and holistic road safety awareness. In this regard, Awang Haji Mohammad Nazri bin Haji Mohammad Yusof, Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Transport and Infocommunications as the Co-Chairman of the KTMP of the National Road Safety Council explained several initiatives and activities already implemented by the council. These include the School Curriculum, Campaigns, Storyboard writing competition for Road Safety Game, Road Safety Pledging and Road Safety Video Production competition.
The initiatives include continuous dissemination through radio and television, social media or Instagram where the National Road Safety Council has a website. The public is always reminded to about safety habit while government counters at the Land Transport Department and Post Offices will show road safety videos. The initiatives will also be extended to cinemas in the country.
Earlier, Pengiran Haji Abdul Salam bin Pengiran Haji Abdul Ghani, Senior Superintendent of Police explained that statistics issued by the Royal Brunei Police Force indicated the Muara-Tutong Highway as among the most accident prone areas.
According to Royal Brunei Police Force statistics, many of the reported road accidents during the first half of 2020 happened on the Muara-Tutong highway. Speeding was one of the main factors. Investigations also indicated many of the accidents were caused by careless driving.
Meanwhile, Awang Haji Rozaly bin Haji Saidon, Director of Land Transport said arrests were made following Land Transport Department Enforcement Patrols and complaints from the public through Talian Darussalam.
Awang Haji Rozaly added in 2019, 97 offenders were recorded by the Land Transport Department, while in the first half of 2020, 151 offenders were recorded. There were 400 public complaints in 2019 and 175 in the first half of 2020.
Yang Berhormat Awang Iswandy bin Ahmad, Member of the Legislative Council as the MKKJR Ambassador stressed that road users share a responsibility to enculture safe driving besides ensuring that vehicles are in good condition to avoid unwanted incidents.
Yang Berhormat said the dissemination efforts have resulted in improved social responsibility among the community. With road safety pledging, more children involvement can be seen. Yang Berhormat also called on for drivers to use seat belts and obey road traffic regulations.
News courtesy of Radio Television Brunei
Photo courtesy of Borneo Bulletin