A total of 859 traffic accidents recorded in Bintulu during the first half of this year according to latest statistics released by Bintulu Traffic Police Department.

The number of death recorded had reached half of last year’s figure at 21 fatalities, 1 seriously injured, 5 minor injury and 832 damages to vehicles only.

Source – Traffic Department, Bintulu Police.

In 2012 Bintulu recorded 47 deaths out of 2199 reported road accidents and it decreased slightly to 41 fatalities last year. However the total number of reported traffic accident markedly increased to 2212.

“Up till March 2013, there are about 1.49 million vehicles on Sarawak roads. There are 688,116 cars, 650,744 motorcycles, 82,447 goods vehicles, and 69,827 other vehicles,” said Infrastructure Development and Communications Minister Datuk Seri Michael Manyin at last year Shell Road Safety campaign.

The Malaysian Institute of Road Safety Research (Miros) predicting that in 2015 there would be 8,670 road fatalities throughout the country or 24.3 fatalities per day.

“Miros also predicted that by 2020 there would be 10,716 road fatalities in the whole country, or 29.8 fatalities per day,” Manyin said.

Human error causes 65% of traffic accidents in Sarawak. The other factors contributing to road accidents were road conditions, climate, mechanical problems, and the number of vehicles on the road.