Since the start of the year, there has been a decrease in fatal crashes and related fatalities by seven and nine per cent, respectively, compared to the same period last year.
According to Dr. Lucien Jones, Vice Chairman of the National Road Safety Council, this may be partially attributed to the new Road Traffic Act that has taken effect.
He stated that motorists are more aware of the stricter penalties associated with traffic offences and have become more compliant as a result.
However, Dr. Jones acknowledged that while any reduction is positive, it is not sufficient, and the figures at the end of the year could still be similar to those of 2022 based on the current incident rate.
Additionally, he noted that road fatalities during the recent Easter holiday period were lower compared to the start of the year.
During the holiday period, there were eight deaths, which he claimed was below the figure from a few months earlier when 14 people died in one weekend.
Dr. Jones emphasised the need to significantly reduce the number of road fatalities and stated that the decrease during the Easter holiday is not enough to be satisfactory.
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