Dangerous stretches identified
KUCHING: The Sarawak Road Safety Department has identified 25 accident-prone road stretches in the state, says director Rano Alywino Akat.
He said the stretches in Kuching were Sultan Tengah Road, KM7 to KM15 of Matang Road, Stephen Yong Road, 7th to 15th mile of Kuching-Serian Road, KM69 of Lundu Road and Tabuan Jaya-Kota Samarahan Road.
In Samarahan, the stretches were KM38 to KM59 of Kuching-Serian Road, KM86 to KM87, also of Kuching-Serian Road and Tondong-Bau Road.
In Sri Aman, the stretches were KM6 and KM106 to KM112 of Sri Aman-Kuching Road, KM20 of Sri Aman-Sarikei Road and KM16 to KM19 of Simpang Bukit Punda Road.
In Miri, the stretches were KM40 of Miri-Bintulu Coastal Road, Bakam-Luak Road, KM9 of Pujut-Lutong Road, KM5 of Miri by-pass and KM13 of Lambir-Niah-Bintulu Road.
In Sarikei, the accident-prone stretches were KM33 to KM38 of Saratok-Sarikei Road and KM25 of Bukit Sebangkoi Road; in Sibu, 6th to 13th mile of Oya Road and 32nd to 37th mile of Sibu-Bintulu Road; and in Bintulu, KM23 of Bintulu-Sibu Road, KM15 of Kidurong-Bintulu Road and KM30 of Similajau- Niah Road.
Rano said over the past three years, there had been a rise in the number of road accidents in Sarawak.
He said road accident fatalities had also risen, from 323 in 2008 to 332 in 2009 and 365 in 2010.
“Sarawak recorded a loss in economic terms of RM4.13bil between 2000 and 2010 as a result of deaths due to road accidents,” he said. — Bernama