KUALA LUMPUR: The number of road accidents involving motorcyclists has declined in the past year, Road Safety Department director-general Datuk Suret Singh said.
He noted that the number had increased steadily from 2004 to 2009, from 3,492 to 4,067 cases.
However, due to the department’s safety campaign, the number has gone down by 1% to 4,036 cases so far this year.
“We saw a decrease by 3% of motorcycle-related accidents involving those aged between 16 and 35.
“We are now focusing on the rural areas, where we will urge the motorcyclists to wear helmets at all times while on the road, even if it is just for a short distance,” he said during the “Towards 100,000 Rear Seat Belt Installation” programme by the department and Perodua at the Sungai Besi toll plaza yesterday.
Suret reminded car owners to install rear seat belts in their vehicles before the deadline on Dec 31.
He added that motorists had been given a three-year period from 2009 to install the belts and those who failed to do so would be fined RM300.
“Rear seat belts help reduce the risk of injury by 51%,” he said.
Perodua managing director Datuk Aminar Rashid Salleh reminded Perodua car owners who had yet to make an appointment with its service outlets for installation of the rear seat belts to do so to avoid a last-minute rush.
“Perodua car owners are urged to make their appointment by June or else they may not be able to get the seat belts installed on time before the deadline,” he added.
Aminar said there would be no charge for the installation.
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