KAPIT: The state-level Road and River Safety Campaign was launched by Assistant Minister of Transportation Datuk Dr Jerip Susil at Kapit Express Wharf terminal on Friday.
The campaign, held in conjunction with Gawai and Raya celebrations, aims at driving the importance of adhering to all safety measures and regulations for road and river users.
Joint organisers are the Resident Office, Kapit Road Safety Council, Sarawak Road Safety Council, Sarawak Rivers’ Board, police and Kapit District Council.
In his speech, Dr Jerip reminded road and river users to be always mindful of the heavy traffic during the celebrations.
“We hope that our drivers, motorcyclists and boat skippers are concerned about safety. Motorcyclists are more likely to be involved in accidents and that is why we are distributing safety helmets to them.
“Check your vehicles before you go on long journeys. Do not drink if you know that you are going to drive or ride a motorcycle later.”
He said the campaign was also aimed at river commuters with Sarawak Rivers Board (SRB) personnel monitoring wharves and express boats closely.
“We are happy that there was zero riverine accident in 2018 and this year we are hoping to also register zero accident.”
Director of Sarawak Road Safety Council Christopher Alex Boniface, Kapit Resident Joseph Belayong, and Kapit police chief DSP Freddy Bian were among those present.