With the festive season nearing, many Malaysians will be travelling back to their hometowns to celebrate. This results in an increase in traffic on the roads which means there might be high chances of accidents occurring.
The fire department has identified and will station fire engines and personnel at 14 accident hotspots along all motorways across the country to speed up the response time during peak hours.
“Patrol teams will be on standby along the expressway from April 20 to 27. This will involve 252 personnel working round the clock on 12-hour shifts,” said Director-general Wahab Mat Yasin.
According to police statistics, 402,626 road accidents occurred in Malaysia from January to September of last year, resulting in 4,379 fatalities. Especially during festive seasons when drivers are in a rush to celebrate with their families.
As stated by Anih Bhd, the concessionaire of the Kuala Lumpur-Karak Expressway (KLK) and the East Coast Expressway Phase 1 (LPT1), there is a possibility of a surge in traffic volume to more than three million vehicles on the two expressways during the upcoming holiday.
Anih Bhd advises motorists travelling from Kuala Lumpur and Selangor to Pahang between April 19 and 21 to do so between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. or 8 p.m. and 11 p.m. “We hope that highway users will plan their journey during this festive and holiday season,” said Its senior general manager, Radzimah Radzi.
We sincerely hope those who are travelling to their hometowns pay attention to their surrounding when driving and adhere to the road laws to ensure the safety of others and yourselves.