The guardrails along our roads are something we expected to save people’s lives.
These galvanized guardrails (if they are not sub-standard) are constructed from high-strength 12-gauge (Class A) and 10-gauge (Class B) galvanized steel for effective impact absorption.
The most common highway guardrail we have seen in Bintulu and elsewhere in the country is the galvanized W-Beam, which are longitudinal highway barriers designed to reduce the severity of run-off-road (ROR) collisions.
They are advertised to be super strong as every component of W-beam guardrails, from the mounting hard to the wooden blackouts, subjected to numerous full-scale crash tests to determine the optimal construction method for reducing injuries.
But looking at the pictures of this incident in Mukah, assuming the driver was driving within the Sarawak speed limit of less than 90km, the guardrail could have been able to absorb the impact of the accident.
But it was not. Instead, its pieces through the windscreen and went out of the back screen. The driver believed to have suffered some injuries.
Are guardrails along our road of sub-standard or constructed not to standard?