More bikers, accidents on the road

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More bikers, accidents on the road

Postby admin » Sat Jul 19, 2008 5:02 am

SHAH ALAM: More motorcycles are hogging the roads now which could mean more accidents, Road Safety Department director-general Datuk Suret Singh said.

He said that in the past six months alone there was a 30% increase in registrations for motorcycles, compared with the same period last year.

“More people are turning to motorcycles as their mode of transport instead of cars because of the fuel hike and this could result in more accidents,” he said, adding that 400,000 motorcycles were registered last year.

He was speaking at a nationwide helmet and rear seat belt campaign at Batu Tiga toll plaza here yesterday.

Suret Singh said motorcyclists and pillion riders who died in road accidents had increased by 211 cases during the first six months of the year, from 1,728 last year.

“It is sad to see this happen and it has put additional pressure on our campaign,” he said.

Suret Singh said more than 2,000 lives could have been saved last year if motorcyclists wore their helmets properly.

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