Road accidents are 4th major cause of death in 2018, says Loke

On average, road fatalities take the lives of 18 people every day

By SHAHEERA AZNAM SHAH / Pic By MUHD AMIN NAHARUL

MALAYSIA recorded 6,284 fatalities due to road accidents last year, making it the fourth major cause of death in the country, said Transport Minister Anthony Loke (picture).

“Road accidents are listed as one of the five causes of fatalities among Malaysians. Last year, road fatalities had been listed as the fourth cause of death in the country compared to 2014,” he said in a speech yesterday.

“On average, road accidents take the lives of 18 people every day — more than half of the deaths, or about 66%, involve motorcyclists.”

Loke stressed that there is an urgent need to strengthen the work to curb road accidents.

“Without a comprehensive and innovative intervention, it is possible that road fatalities could be among the top three causes of death in Malaysia,” he said.

Loke added that job-related accidents involving employees have been on the rise since 10 years ago as 35,195 casualties were recorded by the Social Security Organisation (Socso) in 2018.

“The statistics on job-related accidents have been worrying. The commuting accidents recorded by Socso show that the trend has been on the rise since 10 years ago,” he added.

Loke also said road safety has been a pressing challenge for developing nations, especially the Asean countries.

According to him, the government, through the Malaysian Institute of Road Safety Research (Miros) and other agencies, has been focusing on effective preventive actions of road safety.

“The establishment of the Commuting Safety Support Programme in 2017 was the start of all employers in the country implementing a management system for their employees’ travels.

“This programme targets employees who commute using motorcycle, due to the high percentage of motorcycle accidents,” he said.

Loke said the government has urged all employers to cooperate with the Transport Ministry, Miros and Socso in initiating other preventive programmes.

“I urge all employers to give cooperation to the government in implementing preventive programmes as the ministry welcomes any good initiatives, particularly by Socso who has been contributing in financial assistance to help in training the employees in safety travel management,” he said.