A MOTORCYCLE IS SO CONVENIENT, AND FOR MANY, A FORM OF TRANSPORTATION THAT THEY CAN AFFORD.
However, riding one could lead to serious injuries or even a premature death!
29 October 2019
Youth biggest victims of road accidents
KUALA LUMPUR: The majority of road casualties in Malaysia are those aged between 15 and 40 years, police statistics show.
Transport Minister Loke Siew Fook told the Dewan Rakyat today that on average, 2,600 youth in the 16-30 age bracket are killed every year.
In 2016, 2,818 youth were killed in road accidents, 2,693 in 2017 and 2,449 last year, with most of the victims travelling on motorcycles.
Loke said of the 2,693 youth who died in road accidents in 2017, 72% were either motorcycle riders or their passengers.
Loke said road safety campaigns by the Malaysian Institute of Road Safety Research (Miros) have focussed on motorcyclists, and cited a drop in the number of road deaths in Batu Pahat following the “My Safe Road” campaign.
To a question by Fadillah Yusof (GPS-Petrajaya), Loke said the government does not plan to ban the use of small motorcycles or “kapchais”.
“There are some 16 million registered motorcycles in the country and most of them are kapchais. If today we say we don’t allow kapchais, many will be affected.”
He said his ministry and Miros are looking into building more motorcycle lanes but said they are costly.
He said they would propose for motorcycle lanes to be built in some accident-prone areas under the 12th Malaysia Plan.
We have the third highest death rate from road accidents
Transport accidents (5.4%) were the fourth most common cause of death in Malaysia in 2016, behind ischaemic heart disease (13.2%), pneumonia (12.5%) and cerebrovascular disease (6.9%).
It was the third most common cause of death among men behind ischaemic heart disease and pneumonia, according to the Department of Statistics.
There has been no change in the Malaysian fatality rates since 2007.
The Global Status Report on Road Safety published by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the World Bank in December 2018 reported that Malaysia had 7,152 deaths in 2016, of which 87% were males and 13% females.
A total of 91% of motorcycle riders wore helmets, but only 87% of their passengers.
There was no restriction of the number of children passengers on motorcycles.
More than half of all road traffic deaths are motorcyclists.
A study of motorcycle fatalities reported that the majority were riders (89%), aged 16 to 20 years (22.5%), and 90% of the motorcycles were privately owned.
Only 75% of the motorcyclists involved wore helmets.
The wearing of a good quality helmet that is well-fastened can reduce the risk of death by 42% and severe injury by about 70%.
Dr Milton Lum is a past president of the Federation of Private Medical Practitioners Associations and the Malaysian Medical Association. The views expressed do not represent that of organisations that the writer is associated with. The information provided is for educational and communication purposes only and it should not be construed as personal medical advice. Information published in this article is not intended to replace, supplant or augment a consultation with a health professional regarding the reader’s own medical care. The Star disclaims all responsibility for any losses, damage to property or personal injury suffered directly or indirectly from reliance on such information.
5 June 2018
16 April 2017
I hope that the school will insist on proof of a motorbike licence before parting with the award…
Revving up school attendance
BATU PAHAT: A secondary school here has come up with a novel idea to achieve a 100% attendance record. The 1,226 students of SMK Senggarang stand to get a brand new motorcycle – if they can show a perfect attendance.
Four motorcycles, worth a total of RM13,600, are up for grabs. Last year, the rural school recorded a 92% attendance.
Principal A.S. Aziz Salem said the idea was mooted by the school senior assistant Norasyidah Mohd Rasip.
“Schools need to keep finding ways to reduce truancy, which is a serious problem,” he told The Star.
Aziz said the school’s initiative was fully supported by the parent-teacher association, adding that the motorcycles were sponsored by an old boy of the school, businessman Datuk A. Halim Mohamed.
And the motorcycle “carrot” seems to be working.
“There are already 800 students with a 100% record,” Aziz said.
“In January, the school managed to achieve a 96% attendance rate, followed by 93% in February and 94% in March,” he added.
The winner for the first quarter was Mohamad Nur Rahimi Wagini, 17, who recorded a 100% attendance from January to March, and there is no one happier than his mother Saniah Sulong, 54.
“My son has been walking to school all this while. I am happy that he can now ride a bike,” she said.
22 May 2016
Majority of schoolkids riding motorcycles illegally, studies show
RTD deputy director-general (planning and operations) Datuk Yusoff Ayob said 80 per cent of the 117,000 school students who ride motorcycles to school do not have valid licences.
14 May 2015
Malay Mail Online
More students caught breaking traffic rules
AMPANG, May 14 ― A 17-year-old girl was caught driving a Perodua Myvi with her 16-year-old sister to school which is 6km away from their home in Taman Keramat.
“My mother usually sends us to school but today, we had no one to send us so I decided to drive to school myself,” she said.
The teenager, who does not have a valid driving licence, were among 100 students checked by Kuala Lumpur traffic team during Ops Roda Sekolah in SMK Taman Setiawangsa here yesterday.
The teen’s mother, a homemaker in her 40s, said she usually sends her daughters to school but she couldn’t yesterday.
“I left the car keys at home because I thought their brother would send them but instead, they drove to school,” she said.
Another parent admitted his fault for letting his 15-year-old son ride a motorcycle to school.
The operation, headed by deputy Kuala Lumpur traffic chief ASP Sahimi Husin, saw 67 summonses issued to teenagers for various offences.
“The offences include riding without a valid licence, no side mirrors, failure to display the ‘P’ sticker and not wearing safety helmets,” Sahimi said.
He said a car and 25 motorcycles were seized during the two-hour operation.
The almost daily operations in schools are being carried out nationwide following the Ops Roda campaign launched by federal traffic police on March 12.
Federal traffic police chief Senior Asst Comm Datuk Mohd Fuad Abdul Latiff, “Parents and guardians do not seem to understand that they are putting their children in harm’s way by allowing them on the roads without a licence.”
Thursday April 23, 2015 MYT 7:10:32 AM
Child Act may be used to punish parents who let underage kids drive
KUALA LUMPUR: The police may use the Child Act 2001 to mete out stricter punishments to parents who allow children to ride motorcycles.
Federal traffic police chief Senior Asst Comm Datuk Mohd Fuad Abdul Latiff said currently those who allow underage individuals to drive or ride a vehicle are liable to be charged under Section 39(5) of the Road Transport Act 1987.
Section 39 restricts young persons under the age of 16 from driving a car or riding a motorcycle.
Section 39(5) states that any person who drives, or causes or permits any person to drive a motor vehicle in contravention of this section can be fined up to RM2,000 or jailed for six months or both.
“We are consulting the Bukit Aman laws division to see if the Child Act could be used against vehicle owners. More needs to be done to stop underaged motorists from driving and riding vehicles.
Malay Mail Online
Teachers blame parents for bad behaviour on roads
PETALING JAYA — The onus is on parents to make sure their children do not flout traffic laws and put their lives at risk, say school authorities
SMK Kampung Jawa headmaster, Muhammed Nashan Singga, said the problem of students riding motorcycles without a licence and a helmet was worrying.
He said parents were ultimately responsible because the machines children used were theirs.
“When we bring the matter up to parents, they give excuses like it is just a short distance to the school,” Muhammed Nashan said.
He said the Malaysian Institute of Road Safety (Miros) conducted talks at the school last year but the situation remained unchanged.
He said parents, students and the community refused to change their mindset and the matter could not be solved without their cooperation.
“How are we to stop this problem if the community is the enabler?”
SK Taman Dato Haron (1) principal Mohd Fauzan Abdul Karim said the school repeatedly advised parents to use helmets when sending their children to school but the advice went unheeded.
Mohd Fauzan said when parents rode motorcycles without helmets, they were setting a bad example.
“It’s a monkey see, monkey do situation,” he said.
A teacher from SK Puchong Perdana who declined to be named said the problem of students and parents not wearing helmets was a normalcy because no action was taken.
“There is only so much the school can do to instill awareness but the authorities must buck up and handle the problem seriously.”
1. Police issued 46,392 traffic summonses to motorcyclists below the age of 16 in 2014.
2. Jan 1 – March 31, 2015: 13 primary school students and 296 secondary school students died in road accidents involving motorcycles.
Friday April 3, 2015 MYT 7:58:28 PM
Police want parents liable for underage motorcycle deaths
SEPANG: Police are looking at subjecting parents or guardians to punishment for cases involving deaths of underage motorcyclists.
Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar said between Jan 1 and March 31 this year, 13 primary school students and 296 secondary school students died in road accidents involving motorcycles.
These numbers are alarming compared to the fatalities involving 37 primary school students and 253 secondary students in 2014, he said.
Khalid said under a new measure, parents or guardians of underage motorcyclists will be subject to punishment under the Child Act 2001 and not just the Road Transport Act 1987.
“Police view this matter seriously and will take stern action against family members or guardians who allow underaged kids to ride motorcycles, whether to school or for leisure.
“We will no longer accept excuses that the kids are riding the motorcycle without their knowledge as it is their responsibility to limit the kids’ access to the machines,” he said at function at KLIA2.
Another case of “Too young to be riding, too young to be dead..”
10-year-old motorcyclist killed in collision with lorry
By– 22 February 2015 @ 3:29 AM
KUALA LUMPUR: A 10-year-old boy was killed after a motorcycle he was riding rammed into a lorry at Taman Kok Doh, Segambut here, last night.
In the 9.25pm incident, victim K. Kumaresan from Jinjang Selatan, was riding on the left side of the road, when he rammed into the lorry that was making a left turn at a junction.
City traffic police Investigation and Traffic Law officer Deputy Superintendent S. Markandan said the victim was killed on the spot.
TOO YOUNG TO RIDE, TOO YOUNG TO DIE…
Two teens die after bike falls into canal
Posted on 19 December 2014 – 07:23pm
2 remaja lelaki 14 & 15 tahun maut selepas motosikal ditunggang terbabas & jatuh dalam tali air di Jalan Paboi, Nibong Tebal 7.30 pagi tadi
Dalam kejadian 7.30 pagi itu mangsa Lim Sheng Ming, 15, dan rakannya Tan Gin Wei, 14, maut akibat kecederaan di badan serta kepala.
I rode a motorbike when I was young and lived in Ipoh. I also rode a motorbike during my years as a university student in Singapore. I loved riding one, and rode from Singapore to Kuantan and back; and from Singapore to KL and back. I also rode to Penang, the Cameron Highlands and Lumut. Oh the pain to the bottom and back o those long trips!
I hated being a pillion rider! I felt vulnerable, not in control, so dependent for my safery on the rider.
HERE IS A PILLION RIDER, A BOY OF 10, WHO HAD HIS HAND STUCK IN THE WHEEL OF A MOTORBIKE!
KHID. KHAS – TANGAN KANAK2 10 THN TSEPIT DI DLM RIM MOTORSIKAL DI TMN DEDAP, RAJA UDA, BUTTERWORTH 7.50 pg td
BUTTERWORTH: A 10-year old pupil nearly severed his left hand when the limb was pinned in between the spokes of a motorcycle wheel following an accident here today.
The boy was riding pillion behind his father in the 7.30am freak incident.
His oversized jacket had accidentally caught in the wheel during the ride, causing his father to lose his balance. Both had fallen off the motorcycle when the boy’s hand got stuck in the wheel.
It took firemen several minutes to disentangle the boy’s hand.
By Hariz – 27 October 2014 @ 12:18 PM
KUALA LUMPUR: An average of 19 deaths on the road daily is recorded for the first nine months this year.
Federal police traffic division’s statistics show there were 5,138 deaths from 4,779 fatal accidents between January and September.
“Motorcyclists made up 62.7 per cent with 3,223 deaths, followed by motorists and their passengers (963), and pedestrians (393),” he told…
Motorcyclist dies after being dragged 50m in accident with dumpster along CTE http://bit.ly/1tz5W2C
SINGAPORE – A road accident that happened on Saturday afternoon on the Central Expressway (CTE) towards Seletar Expressway (SLE) near the Ang Mo Kio Avenue 5 exit caused a massive congestion that snaked over four km.
The Straits Times reported that a motorcyclist was killed after being dragged by a cement mixer truck for about 50m, and pinned under the tyres of the vehicle.
Saturday September 13, 2014 MYT 4:44:22 PM
Three teens dead, two critical in high-speed motorcycle crashes on Guthrie Highway
SUNGAI BULOH: Three teenagers are dead and another two in critical condition after high-speed motorcycle rides on the Guthrie Highway here caused two crashes, early Saturday.
Police said the first incident occurred at 1am along KM20.4 of the highway when two teenage boys were racing. One of them lost control of his vehicle and crashed into the other motorcyclist.
Both teens then hit a Mazda CX5 car that was travelling southbound on the same lane as the motorcyclists.
“Not far behind was another group of three teenagers on motorcycles that were also travelling at high speeds. Due to the earlier accident, these guys could not avoid the accident in time and also crashed into them.
“The impact sent two motorcyclists from the second group flying. One hit the hard pavement while the other was thrown off the flyover. Both were killed instantly,” said Sungai Buloh OCPD Supt Junaidi Bujang.
Another motorcylist died while being rushed to the Sungai Buloh Hospital at 3am, while the other two, age 16 and 20, were in critical condition. The driver of the car, Nur Hasmimi Hassan, 36, escaped uninjured.
It seems that one of the greatest threat to a teenager’s life is riding a motorcycle!
KILLED IS A 17 YEAR OLD. THE PILLION RIDER IS ALSO 17.
Rider killed as motorbikes collide http://www.theborneopost.com/2014/08/06/rider-killed-as-motorbikes-collide/
Rider killed as motorbikes collide
Posted on August 6, 2014, Wednesday
TAWAU: A motorcyclist was killed after he collided with another motorcyclist at Kampung Pendekar, Bergosong Road on Sebatik Island about 6.15 am on Monday.
District police chief ACP Awang Besar Dullah said the deceased was identified as Nasaruddin bin Hamsah, 17, while his pillion rider, Mohd Nazrul Abdullah, also 17, suffered only minor injuries.
He said the other motorcyclist, identified as Rahmat bin Nurdin, 22, who works as a lorry assistant, had sustained serious injuries.
Awang said the victim died due to a head injury while the other rider broke his right hand and suffered internal bleeding in the stomach.
ONLY 13, WHY WAS HE RIDING A MOTORCYCLE? Just because there was a motorcycle…
KUALA TERENGGANU: A 13-year-old student was killed after his motorcycle collided with a car at Kampung Petaling in Tepoh, here, today.
State Traffic and Public Order Department chief Superintendent Alias Hashim said in the 11.45am incident, Muhammad Zaim Mat Sidik of Kampung Binjai, Kuala Terengganu, suffered serious head injuries and died at the scene.
“The student first hit the rear of a Toyota Hilux which was reversing from a hardware shop and was thrown off from his motorcycle.
The victim was then dragged by a car for about 20 metres,” he said.
THREE TEENAGERS ON A MOTORBIKE CRASHED INTO A BUS.
All three were too young to have a licence. All three were on ONE motorbike. No one wore a crash helmet.
Wednesday July 2, 2014 MYT 10:13:14 PM
Two teens killed in collision involving motorcycle and bus
EREMBAN: Three teenagers who had allegedly gone for a leisure motorcycle ride ended in a collision involving their bike and an express bus that left two of them dead.
The victims were identified as Suzifazlina Sufian, 12, and Mohammad Rilham Roslizam, 11, who suffered severe head and body injuries and died at the scene of the incident at a traffic light junction near SM Seri Ampangan at about 9.15pm on Tuesday.
Thirteen-year-old Nurul Farhana Shamila Sanny, who slipped into a coma after the accident, is reportedly in a critical condition at the Tuanku Jaafar Hospital here.
It is understood that Suzifazlina was using her sister’s Yamaha Ego bike and carrying her two cousins on the machine when the collision occurred.
Eyewitness Hazman Hariz Mahat, 16, said he saw the accident while returning home from a nearby surau.
“The bus was travelling fast along the straight road and was unable to stop in time as the motorcycle crossed its path,” he said.
LEDANG: A 21-year-old motorcyclist was killed after he was ran over by a trailer along the Jalan Muar-Kesang road near SMK Parit Bunga here on Sunday night.
Ledang police district chief Superintendent Mohamed Salled Abd Razak said initial investigations revealed that the victim who was heading to Malacca was trying to overtake the trailer from the left lane.
“The victim lost control of his motorcycle after hitting the road kerb and fell. He was killed after being run over the moving trailer,” he said.
Raw: Motorcyclist Crashes, Flips and Survives
More motorcyclist fatalities reported in first 4 months of 2014
21 Jun 2014 11:46
SINGAPORE: The number of deaths involving motorcyclists is worrying, said Parliamentary Secretary for Transport Associate Professor Muhammad Faishal Ibrahim.
There were 32 fatalities involving motorcyclists in the first four months of this year, eight more than the same period in 2013.
Assoc Prof Faishal said motorcyclists are still one of the most vulnerable road users in Singapore, accounting for nearly half of all road fatalities.
“We must do better, and motorcyclists can play a big role in preventing such traffic accidents by exercising greater care and caution while on the roads,” he said.
Dr Faishal was speaking at the launch of the Singapore Ride Safe 2014 campaign, which is into its eighth year.
Since the launch of the Safer Roads Singapore action plan last year, several road safety initiatives have been put in place.
One is the compulsory Expressway Familiarisation Ride programme for learner motorcycle riders.
About 3,700 learner motorcycle riders have completed this course in the past year.
Thursday June 12, 2014 MYT 12:22:34 PM
Motorcyclist found dead, both legs almost crushed
SEREMBAN: The body of a man was found with both legs almost totally crushed after he was believed to have been run over by several vehicles at Kilometre 266.5, North-South Highway heading towards Nilai near here Wednesday night.
A police spokesman said Thursday, in the 11.39pm incident, Lai Han Khun, 41, lost control of the motorcycle he was riding and fell on the highway before he was run over by other vehicles.
His motorcycle was found almost five metres from his body.
HOWEVER, IT CAN TURN OUT TO BE A CURSE.
1. THE SNATCH THIEVES WHO PREY ON US COME ON THEIR MOTORCYCLES, THE MODERN VERSION OF THE HORSE THAT ROBBERS RODE ON IN THE PAST.
2. MANY PEOPLE, PREDOMINANTLY THE YOUNG, ARE KILLED IN MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENTS.
Monday June 9, 2014 MYT 7:48:14 PM
Boy riding in basket of motorcycle dies in accident
NIBONG TEBAL: A kindergarten pupil who was riding in the basket of his brother’s motorcycle was killed when it hit a parked vehicle here Monday.
Muhammad Aniq Mohd Norazli died on the spot while Nur Rahimi, 15, and sister Nuramalina, 19, who was riding pillion, were slightly injured in the mishap in Jalan Pekan Sungai Acheh at 11am.
South Seberang Perai District police chief Supt Shafien Mamat said the trio, who were on their way home to Parit Kasar here after attending a kompang class at Dewan Perda Sungai Acheh near the scene of the crash, were not wearing safety helmets.
“Nur Rahimi was riding the motorcycle when it hit the back of a Toyota Hilux parked on the roadside. The 15-year-old student did not have a licence to ride a motorcycle,” he said.
Monday May 26, 2014 MYT 7:18:58 AM
Former Moto3 rider Husni Aizat killed in road accident
KOTA TINGGI: Former Moto3 rider Husni Aizat Abdul Malik (pic) was killed in a road accident in his hometown here after his motorcycle rammed into an oncoming lorry from the opposing direction.
The 20-year-old was believed to have lost control of his Modenas Kriss machine and collided with the heavy vehicle at Jalan Tanjung Buai, Teluk Sengat, on Sunday.
Husni Aizat was one of the promising young riders given a shot at making it big by Touchline SIC Ajo team at last year’s Malaysian Grand Prix in Sepang via the Moto3 wildcards.
He concluded the qualifying session by securing 31st spot on the starting grid.
Look at the ages of the three killed: 17, 15 and 13. The one in hospitalised is 16.
THEY ARE JUST KIDS!
Three teens killed in motorcycle accident
PARENTS ARE KILLING THEIR CHILDREN!
HERE IS A POLICEMAN WHO DOESN’T MINCE HIS WORDS, AND HE IS RIGHT!
JANUARY-MARCH 2014: 127 TEENAGERS BELOW 15 DIED IN MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENTS!
They had no reason to be riding a motorcycle at that age!
YAHOO! NEWS MALAYSIA
In motorbike deaths, traffic chief sees ‘parents killing their children’
KUALA LUMPUR, May 16 — Parents are to be blamed for the deaths of their children in motorcycle accidents.
Bukit Aman traffic police chief SAC Mohd Fuad Abd Latiff said statistics showed that 127 youths below the age of 15 had died in motorcycle accidents from January to March.
“Parents are the ones killing their children. Despite knowing their children do not own motorcycle licences and have not attended lessons, they allow them to ride motorcycles unsupervised,” he said.
Of the 1,512 fatal accidents during the period, 1,014 involved motorcyclists.
“Parents need to realise that even adults who possess driving licences can get involved in accidents, what more young teenagers,” he said.
He said complications could arise when people ride motorcycles without licences, including the difficulty in making insurance claims.
Mohd Fuad said police had conducted 314 operations nationwide targeting “Mat Rempit”, 105 of whom had been arrested under the weekly operation which began in January.