Niosh calls for change in driving attitude

KUALA LUMPUR: The National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (Niosh) today called for a change in the attitude of impatience and ‘haste culture’ speeding and weaving in and out of traffic lanes, saying these were the major contributing factors to road accidents.

Its chairman, Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye said in a statement that road safety campaigns, though necessary, would not work unless road users learnt to observe basic rules on safety and courtesy and changed their irresponsible and cavalier attitude while on the roads.

“There are people who have not learnt from the gruesome pictures of mangled vehicles, dead bodies, groaning victims and their grieving families.

“Niosh views with utmost concern the frequent reports of road accidents, fatalities and injuries which are not only tragic to the family involved but also a loss to the nation’s workforce,” he said.

Lee said it was alarming to note an increasing number of casualties and deaths arising from road accidents over the last few weeks.

On Friday, two factory workers died and 17 were injured when the bus they were travelling in collided with a car before it skidded and overturned in some shrubs at Km150.3 of the North-South Expressway in Nibong Tebal.

This accident happened in less than a week after the first accident which happened about 20 kilometres from the spot.

On Tuesday, a three-year-old boy was dragged almost 10 kilometres to his death underneath a passing vehicle after he was flung out of a crashed car driven by his father.

The accident happened at Km168 of the North-South Expressway near Bandar Baru. The toddler was thrown out of the car when his father tried to avoid hitting a dog.

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