23 accident-prone areas in Sabah
Posted on August 18, 2012, Saturday
KOTA KINABALU: Motorists are advised to drive carefully as there are 23 accident-prone areas in the state, mainly in the East Coast.
Sabah Road Safety Department (JKJR) director Herdiansah Abdul Karim said they were the Jalan Tuaran By Pass; Jalan Beluran Telupid; Km 68, Km 93 and Km 130 of Jalan Sandakan-Lahad Datu; and Km 77, Km 107, Km 90, Km 126 and Km 121 of Jalan Sandakan.
The other roads include Jalan Kudat-Kota Kinabalu; Jalan Lama Papar – Kota Kinabalu-Beaufort; Jalan Beaufort-Papar; Jalan Beaufort-Menumbok; Jalan Tawau-Kunak; Jalan Lahad Datu-Sandakan; Jalan Kunak-Lahad Datu; Jalan Bulatan Rugading-Serusup; Jalan Ranau-Telupid; Jalan Ranau-Tamparuli; Jalan Penampang-Tambunan and Jalan Sipitang-Sindumin.
“Most of the accident-prone spots are corners, junctions and hilly roads,” she told reporters after a road safety campaign for Hari Raya Aidilfitri near the police observation tower at Jalan Tuaran here yesterday.
The campaign was launched by Assistant Local Government and Housing Minister Datuk Edward Yong, who represented Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri Joseph Pairin Kitingan.
In his speech, Yong advised motorists returning to their home town and villages to celebrate Hari Raya Aidilfitri to drive safely so that they can be with their families and loved ones.
He said that Hari Raya is a joyful occasion for the family to celebrate together, not to cry over tragedy.
“The government has implemented various programmes to prevent accidents from happening during festive seasons, but motorists should have the courtesy to avoid careless driving for their own safety.
“I think the Road Safety Department will carry out various programmes to educate motorists on the dangers of careless driving, to spread awareness on the importance of giving priority to safety while driving,” he said.
Also present at the event was regional manager of Sabah Puspakom Sainal Abidin Tablee who said the offer of free car inspections to private vehicle owners until August 24 did not receive positive response in the State.
Sainal hoped that more vehicles would be inspected to ensure roadworthiness.
He said a full inspection conducted by authorised Puspakom vehicle examiners would cover aspects such as vehicle identity verification, smoke emission test, side-slip test, above and undercarriage check and window transparency check, among others.