JOHOR BARU: All federal roads in the country would be upgraded to "super safe" category to reduce the number of accidents.
Works Minister Datuk Shaziman Abu Mansor said more safety features such as U-turns, dividers and street lights would be added to existing roads.
"I want to stress on the safety aspect of the roads that have been built. Safety when they are being built, safety once they are completed and safety when they are used by motorists," he said after visiting the Public Works Department office in Kota Iskandar, Nusajaya near here yesterday.
Shaziman said certain roads were lacking in the safety aspect.
He said road accidents in Malaysia were caused by various factors of which eight per cent were the result of road conditions. The ministry wants to reduce this percentage to less than five per cent in three years.
A study by the Road Safety Department showed that the attitude of motorists was to blame for 48 per cent of accidents, while 42 per cent were due to mechanical problems.
Of the 161 dangerous areas or 'blackspots' on federal roads nationwide, 100 had been upgraded under the first economic stimulus package.
Shaziman said a 135km stretch of road between Batu Pahat and Kluang in Johor, which was notorious for accidents would be upgraded at a cost of RM50 million.
The 20km stretch from Batu Pahat to Air Hitam was the most accident-prone in the country with 1,000 cases reported per year since 2006.
It also had the fourth highest number of accidents during the Ops Sikap campaigns during festivals.
During the first four months of this year, 366 accidents have been recorded along the stretch.
Shaziman is also seeking funds to upgrade the Pasir Gudang highway in Johor Baru, which is riddled with potholes.
He said this might cost more than RM400 million, and it would be given priority due to its importance as an access road to the port.
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