The Increasing Rate of Accidents in Malaysia: Should the Government Be Blamed?

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Road accident is ¡®a global tragedy¡¯ with ever-rising trend. Abdul Kareem (2003, p.31) has stated in his book that ¡®1.17 million deaths occur each year worldwide due to road accidents 70% of which occur in developing countries. 65% of deaths involve pedestrians, 35% of which are children¡¯. In Malaysia, road accidents represent a major public health problem, because of the high number of victims involved and because of the seriousness of the consequences for themselves and for their families. Based on the Ops Sikap statistics, for year 2005, the total numbers of accidents have a huge amount of 328,264. But then, 13,513 accidents were reported between Jan 23 and Feb 6 in year 2006, which was a 14.8% increase compared with the…show more content…
Well actually, this might be the car service center fault as sometimes there are shops that only pay full attention on money but not their services. People cannot blame the government for this if they faced accidents caused by equipment failure as the government is innocent in this case.

Driver behavior
Apart from the private sector, driver behavior is also a main cause of accidents. Director Prof Dr Radin Umar Radin Sohadi comment that most accidents occurred due to selfish and inconsiderate attitude, the reckless driving, indiscriminate lane switching, inability to overtake in time and dangerous overtaking (Chua, 2006). Driver nowadays seems to have very inconsiderate attitude compared with last time. Some drivers will impaired driving such as racing in the road, and due to their inconsiderate attitude, they do not care as long as they reach their destination in the shortest time. More than that, some drivers also tend to take chances to make unsafe lane changes frequently. They do not care where they are, how their action will effected other drivers, they just change their lane dangerously and unexpectedly without considerate the consequence. Moreover, there are even a small group of drivers that have deliberate obstruction, which prevent other drivers to move their vehicles. They parked in places that blocked other vehicles to move. The common places are double line, yellow box and
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