Wednesday, March 20

Road users urged to exercise extra care during festival


Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye

SIBU: The Malaysian Institute of Road Safety Research (Miros) has called on road users to exercise extra care during this festive season by observing the traffic rules and regulations.

Miros chairman Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye gave this advice in view of the expected surge in traffic with Gawai Dayak celebration approaching.

“Those driving home are an area of concern. There had been quite a number of commuting accidents.

“So, I think drivers must ensure that they are well rested before making the long journey home for the festival. This is because fatigue can lead to accidents.

“I think this is something that falls on the individuals. It is most important in whatever they do during the festivity – safety must not be taken for granted,” Lee stressed when contacted yesterday.

Turning to those returning home by boats, he too urged them to give top priority to safety.

“Follow all the safety requirements and wear the life jacket.”

Moreover, he reminded the public against boarding the boat if it is already full.

“The boat must not be overcrowded as this can pose danger to passengers,” he emphasised.

Still on safety, Lee, who is also National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (Niosh) chairman, reminded kitchen helpers to concentrate on their work to prevent mishaps.

He was reacting to The Borneo Post’s article – ‘Hotel kitchen employee loses fingers in freak accident’ dated May 15.

“Everyone being given work in kitchen either handling meat processor or meat cutter and others – are to exercise full concentration.

“If they are focused on their work, there is a good chance of preventing accidents,” he advised.