Speeding top cause of road accidents in Brunei: Study

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

NOT ADHERING to the speed limit is the major contributor of traffic accidents in Brunei, said an official from the Brunei National Road Safety Council.

Senior Enforcement Officer Pg Khairul Yusra Pg Hj Md Yussof said speeding was the top cause of accidents, based on a study by Universiti Teknologi Brunei’s Centre for Transportation Research on the behaviour of motorists.

Furthermore, preliminary data from a spot speed study at road traffic accident hot spots conducted by the council’s Environment Focus Group indicated that drivers in the sultanate have low rates of speed limit compliances.

The study was conducted at five locations prone to traffic accidents, and all the locations showed that 50 per cent or more of vehicles going through them were above the speed limit.

The use of mobile phones while driving and drink-driving were also common causes of accidents in Brunei, he said in an interview on the sidelines of the Insurance and Takaful Day 2016 event at The Airport Mall.

Pg Khairul Yusra said the government is mulling the use of speed traps and CCTV cameras on accident hot spots to deter drivers from committing road offences that may endanger their lives.

He said the Land Transport Department and council are working with enforcement agencies such as the Traffic Control and Investigation Department of the Royal Brunei Police Force to install the speed traps.

The senior enforcement officer said he could not specify the time frame of installing speed traps and CCTV cameras, but it will “likely happen within the next five years”.

“Once the cameras are installed, we will also put up signages to indicate road users of their existence for them to react accordingly and slow down their vehicle,” he said.

“We are taking a psychological approach in this preventive measure to educate road users on the risk of violating traffic laws such as speeding by telling them that we (the government) are monitoring these places to make sure that drivers would stay safe,” he added.

Pg Khairul Yusra went on to say that one of the major reasons the government is looking into installing cameras at accident hot spots is due to the rising number of people killed on Brunei roads, including the Telisai-Lumut Highway that opened in mid-June.

“We are very concerned about this trend,” he said.

According to figures from traffic police, Brunei recorded 3,345 road accidents last year, a decrease compared with 3,366 in 2014.

However, the number of fatalities rose from 24 in 2014 to 36 last year, representing a 50 per cent increase.

The Brunei Times