Black Wednesday in October

Written by TheMole

By Shahrim Tamrin

KUALA LUMPUR, November 4, 2019: A day in October saw the highest ever fatal road crashes recorded within 24 hours so far for this year.

On Oct 9, a total of 26 road deaths were recorded with bikers topping
the chart with 16 fatalities and followed by six motorists oe
pedestrian, one tractor and lorry driver as well as a cyclist.

Bukit Aman Traffic Investigations and Enforcement director Datuk
Azisman Alias told The Mole that the daily average road deaths figure
normally recorded 16 deaths.

“The news about the most number of deaths in one day was depressing
for us. We have been working hard to reduce the accident and death
statistics especially involving the motorcyclists and teenagers,” he
said, adding that all relevant parties within the road safety circle
need to work harder to reduce the number which include consistent
media communication and education programmes.

Previous count for most deaths in a day for this year was 25
fatalities which occurred on August 23.

The grim statistics of Oct 9 or rather known as ‘Black Wednesday’ had
sent shockwave among the road traffic enforcement agencies nationwide.

‘Wednesday’ may sound like the creepy character of the grotesque
‘Addams Family’ but the reality was that Oct 9 saw Johor topping the
list with seven deaths and Penang, Selangor and Pahang each recorded
three casualties. There were two road deaths each in Perak and
Kelantan while Perlis, Kuala Lumpur, Malacca, Terengganu, Sabah and
Sarawak accounted for one casualty each. Kedah and Negeri Sembilan
recorded zero death.

As many as 12 fatal crashes were identified as ‘terbabas’ and
‘terbabas sendiri’ (out of control) as among the causes from the total
26 road deaths.

For the record, death on the spot and loss of lives occurred within 30
days of the crash are included as the standard data reporting for road
deaths in Malaysia.

The total number of crashes nationwide on Oct 9 were 1,744 with
Selangor recorded the highest with 566 crashes, followed by Johor
(216) and Kuala Lumpur (263).

Following the gloomy day in road safety, it is learned that traffic
police units in all states have been instructed to step up enforcement
especially against teenage bikers.

Checks by The Mole have shown that day, a total of 15 people were
killed during the morning and evening commuting hours of 6 am until 10
am and from 4 pm until 10 pm.

Data obtained have indicated that the 24 fatal crashes on Oct 9
happened during good or clear weather condition. Just two death cases
occurred during downpour and after heavy rain in Kelantan and Penang

Ironically, it was a different story in the previous month at the time
when many locations in the country were choked with haze.

“Only nine deaths were recorded on Sept 18 and 19. It was the lowest
deaths on the road reported in a day since ages,” Azisman said.

On Sept18, there were 1,384 crashes reported throughout the country
with only four road deaths consisted of three bikers and a lorry
driver. The highest number of crashes were 413 in Selangor.

A day later, five casualties were reported with body counts were all
motorcyclists. There were 1,330 crashes recorded nationwide. Selangor
again led the highest number of crashes with 420 on the smog-filled

Due to unexpected low deaths count during the 48-hour period, it is
learned that Federal traffic officers had to double check the data
from all states to ensure accuracy.

“During that week, we were pleasantly surprised to find out about the
low death numbers two days in a row,” said Azisman.

When asked if weather could be a factor for the lowest road fatalities
in a day thus far, the Federal traffic police chief said:

“We believe the haze played a big role in the sudden drop in
fatalities. It may have caused road users to be extra careful (on the
road) and apply safe speed as well as be more cautious while driving
and riding.”



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