Friday, August 28, 2009
Safety On The Road! Make a Pledge!
I am concerned about road safety. I'm sure you are too.
Driving on our roads can be a traumatic experience. I kid you not!
I get up in the morning, all set to begin a new day -- at work or at play. I get into my car and make my way out of my neighbourhood, on to the highway. Not a day goes by that I am not faced with unpleasantness and ugliness on the road.
I am appalled to see boys riding motorbikes without crash helmets. Just the other day, along Jalan Maarof in Bangsar (KL), I saw a pillionrider on a 250cc without a helmet!
I am not surprised by the increasing number of fatalities on our roads. According to official statistics, there are 18 fatalities a day on Malaysian roads.
In 1998, there were 211,037 accidents. In 2007, the number increased to 363,319.
In the last two years, two youngsters I know were killed in a road accident.
That's why I'm all for this campaign -- Malaysians Unite For Road Safety (Mufors) that hopes to get Malaysians to pledge for road safety by 09.09.09.
Although that's the target date, the campaign will go on indefinitely.
If you're interested, go to this website www.090909.org.my, and make a pledge.
So, let's be safe on the road!