Study identifies 14 accident hotspots around Brunei

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A STUDY by researchers from Universiti Teknologi Brunei (UTB) has identified 14 road traffic accident hotspots at four major roads in Brunei.

According to Senior Lecturer at UTB and Director of Centre for Transport Research (CfTR) Dr Tan Soon Jiann, the study is focused on four main roads namely Jalan Gadong, Jalan Kumbang Pasang, Lebur Raya Muara-Tutong and Jalan Jerudong.

 “Among these roads, we have found 14 hotspots so far. These are however, preliminary findings and the number and details will be subject to change as we progress further,” said Dr Tan.

The study named “Road Infrastructure Safety Studies” was conducted to identify these hotspots and to find solutions to reduce the frequency and severity of the occurring accidents. The study which began in 2013 is fully funded by the Brunei Research Council and conducted with the support from the Brunei National Road Safety Council (BNRSC) is expected to be complete by the end of this year.

Dr Tan said that these roads were chosen due to their high frequency and severity of road accidents which have resulted in serious injuries and in some cases, fatalities. These four roads were also chosen because they were functionally different and possessed a high rate of traffic accident that is specific to these areas.

“A good example would be the curve at Jalan Kumbang Pasang where there have been a lot of reports on head-on collision and in the last two years, there were two cases of fatal crashes.

In the Lebuh Raya Muara-Tutong however, many of the accidents are single vehicle accidents,” said Dr Tan.

In the study, the researchers have identified a number of solutions and the outcomes will be shared among the Brunei National Road Safety Council and other relevant authorities when the study is completed.

 According to Dr Tan, one example of the solutions for these hotspots that has been implemented was the recent, concrete central barrier that has been built at Jalan Kumbang Pasang’s Curve.

“In Jalan Kumbang Pasang, most of the fatal crashes were due to the drivers losing control and crossing over to the opposite lane resulting in head-on collisions. By creating the central concrete barrier, it basically eliminated that kind of crashes. (This means that) even though there are still crashes occurring in Jalan Kumbang Pasang, the severity has been reduced significantly,” added Dr Tan.

Meanwhile, other solutions have been discussed and are still currently being studied in order to find the most cost effective way to solve the problem.

 In the case of Jalan Jerudong, Dr El-Said Mamdouh Mahmoud Zahran, Deputy Director of CfTR and Senior Lecturer from UTB said that there are junctions that allow drivers to make a right turn movement into Jalan Jerudong which is dangerous to the drivers and oncoming traffic.

 “These movements involve a lot of conflict as drivers are going through high speed traffic. What we are suggesting is to eliminate some of these movements using splitter islands, (raised or painted traffic island that separates traffic travelling in opposite directions) so that we can reduce that risk and ensure the safety of the drivers,” added Dr El-Said.

 The Brunei Times