ACCIDENTS-INDEX/BM ROAD ACCIDENT FATALITIES DOWN IN 2013
July 9 17:13
KUALA LUMPUR,The road accident fatality index in Malaysia continued to see a drop as 2.90 fatalities for every 10,000 vehicles were recorded in 2013 compared to 4.51 fatalities per 10,000 vehicles in 2004. Road Safety Department director-general Datuk Dr Tam Weng Wah said the drop had taken the country closer to the target of 2.0 deaths per 10,000 vehicles by 2020, in line with the aim of achieving developed-nation status. "If we wish to become a developed nation by 2020, the road fatality index of two persons per 10,000 vehicles is reasonable for a developed nation."To reach this target, the Road Safety Department and other relevant agencies are always carrying out advocacy campaigns to create greater public awareness on the importance of road safety," he said when contacted, here, today. Tam said the index measurement was being used by many other countries and bodies like the World Health Organisation, based on the number of deaths from accidents each year and the number of registered vehicles in the year.
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He said last year, 6,915 road accident fatalities were recorded, a slight drop from the 6,917 recorded in 2012.
"It is rather challenging to reach the targeted index of two deaths per 10,000 vehicles by 2020, considering the statistics of fatal road accidents each year, but it is still achievable," he said. Tam said the attitude of road users contributed to 80 per cent of road accidents and fatalities, and this was emphasised upon in the advocacy