Bandar Seri Begawan - The number of road accidents has dropped this year with 2,419 cases recorded between January and September this year, compared to 2,761 reported cases throughout the whole of last year (2011).
The causes of road accidents include reckless driving, using handphone while driving, tailgating, overtaking at sharp bends, using wrong lane at the roundabout, jumping the red light, bald tyres, faulty brakes and carelessness, Imams pointed out their Friday sermons yesterday.
Road safety campaigns, the introduction of the Demerit Points System, spot checks, vehicle inspections and speed traps are in place to raise awareness among road users. "Safety while behind the wheel should be a priority. We should adhere to road safety rules and regulations, use pedestrian walks, fasten our seatbelts and pray to Allah the Almighty for our well-being," the Imams said.
"Islam also urges its 'Ummah' to stay away from matters that bring catastrophe. Sometimes our patience is pushed to its limit while on the road or when we are caught in traffic. Drivers are thus urged to be respectful, considerate and patient with other drivers on the road.
--Courtesy of Borneo Bulletin