Malaysians Unite for Road Safety – Berhati-hati di Jalan Raya
Every day we read about appalling cases of accidents on our roads – usually due to the careless and reckless attitudes of drivers. In fact, on average 17 people are killed as a result of traffic accidents everyday in Malaysia. It’s high time we changed our mindsets on the road – think of the person in the next car not as just another person on the road but as a father working hard to provide for his children, a mother picking up her son from school, a lover on his way to a date, a child travelling by bus to see his family after years. Everyone gets frustrated on the roads but no one deserves to die as the result of negative attitudes.
It doesn’t matter if you are a driver, pedestrian or even someone who commutes using public transportation – everyone can agree that the state of road safety in the country is at an all time low and collectively our attitudes play a huge part in contributing to this situation. So what can you do? Show your support for a cause that speaks to all of us, that’s what!
I feel that below you should adhere to few important Road Safety Tips below, it’s not many but only 6 :
1. Don’t use your mobile phone whilst driving
This is a very dangerous act and it’s not only will hurt others but it will hurt yourself and it will cost life! Stop using cellphone when driving. I will not use cellphone when driving, if really urgent then stop at a safe spot and make the phone call or use handsfree.
2. Always wear helmets and seat belts
Remember to always wear safety belt even it’s it’s the rear passenger, this is because if the rear passengers do not wear seat belt, when an accident happen, the back impact may kill the driver and flung out thru the windscreen.
Embrace life – Always wear your seat belt!
3. Don’t drink and drive. If you drink, ask someone to fetch you or take a cab. This way you will not only risk of accident but also avoid from the road block.
4. Always adhere to speed limits because speed kills! Always remember this “Biar lambat asalkan selamat…”. I remind myself as I always tend to over the speed limit.
5. Don’t drive if tired or sleepy. I always do this as I do not have enough rest, but always I can drive + half sleep mode, it’s very dangerous and I will not ever do this and if you are too tired, go to the nearest R & R and get yourself a drive and wash your face before continue the journey.
6. Keep your distances and remember two second rule. The two-second rule is a rule of thumb by which a driver may maintain a safe following distance at any speed. The rule is that a driver should ideally stay at least two seconds behind any vehicle that is directly in front of the driver’s vehicle. It is intended for automobiles, although its general principle applies to other types of vehicles. The practice has been shown to dramatically reduce risk of collision, and also the severity of an accident should an accident occur. It also helps to avoid tailgating and road rage for all drivers.
MUFORS is a community project that was set up not only to empower you, the Rakyat, to voice out your thoughts and concerns on road safety in the country but more importantly as a platform for all of us to take a minute to think about how we as road users can do our part to making our roads safer for all.
Join MUFORS Road Reels Competition
“MUFORS Road Reels” is a short film competition open to students of all universities, colleges and institutions of higher learning in Malaysia with the theme “Attitudes on Roads – A Malaysian Journey”.
Students of institutions of higher learning can play their part in MUFORS by speaking out and capturing through their short films attitudes on Malaysian roads (positive or negative) that will contribute to a higher level of realization that road safety is in our hands, each and every person who uses the roads in Malaysia, and that road safety or the lack of it all boils down to ATTITUDE of individuals.
Apart from playing a part in this movement, there are also fantastic cash prizes to be won both by the students and their institution of higher learning. The winner of each category stands to win RM10,000 in cash while the university or college he/she is studying in will get RM3,000.
Closing Date: 30 October 2010
For more information on participation and rules and regulations, please visit: www.mufors.org.my
All students of institutions of higher learning in Malaysia are invited to take part in this competition, play their role in promoting road safety and at the same time stand a chance to win attractive cash prizes for themselves and their university or college.