KUALA LUMPUR: The Road Safety Department is working towards achieving a zero fatality rate by advocating safe driving among road users.
"We can achieve this with good road conditions, properly engineered vehicles and competent drivers who comply with safety rules," the department's director-general Datuk Suret Singh said at the presentation of helmets to motorcyclists yesterday.
He said accidents might occur due to a driver's lapse, but it should not cause injury or fatality.
Figures released by the Bukit Aman traffic branch show 167 fatalities were recorded under Ops Sikap 23, since its launch on Jan 27.
Suret said 64.7 per cent of fatal accidents during the recent ops involved motorcyclists.
"This is the reason for our on-going weekly campaigns. We want to remind these road users to use the right helmet and buckle them up," he said.
A total of 13,865 accidents were reported during the 12 days of Ops Sikap 23, with most of them occurring on municipal roads (5,440 cases), federal roads (3,710), state roads (2,250), expressways (1,709) and other roads (756).
About 100 Sirim-approved helmets were given to motorcyclists yesterday in exchange for their "turtle" helmets which would be destroyed.
Suret said the department had given out nearly 180,000 helmets in the last three years during road safety campaigns.
The helmets cost about RM50 each.
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