| Azlan Othman |
JLN GADONG has been identified as the area with the highest number of accidents per kilometre per year, while Jln Jerudong has the highest number of accidents related injuries per kilometre per year.
This was highlighted in the book ‘Safe and Smart Driving in Brunei Darussalam’ published jointly last month by the Ministry of Communications, Land Transport Department and the Brunei National Road Safety Council.
According to the book, Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah highway has the second highest number of accidents, followed by Jln Utama Berakas, Tungku highway and Muara-Tutong highway.
Other accident-prone areas include Jln Tutong, Seria bypass, Jln Tengah and Jln Muara.
Identification of road accident areas and hotspots are based on data from 2011-2013 using geographical information system at Centre for Transport Research of Institut Teknologi Brunei (ITB).
Although safety measures have been introduced and accidents at these spots have dropped significantly, drivers must still be vigilant, drive at slow speed and be extra careful when passing through these spots.
The common causes of road accidents include speeding, ignoring traffic lights, using mobile phones while driving, driving recklessly, driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, changing lane without consideration or indication, overtaking dangerously and tailgating.
The proportion of contributory factors to road accidents recorded were driver behaviour (85-95 per cent); road environment (three-four per cent); vehicle defects (four-five per cent), according to figures from Investigations and Traffic Control Department (JSKLL), Royal Brunei Police Force (RBPF) computed by Centre for Transport Research, Institut Teknologi Brunei.
There has been a decrease in the number of fatalities as well as serious and minor injuries from road accidents in Brunei in 2014 compared to last year.
According to statistics from RBPF, the number of road fatalities decreased to 24 deaths in 2014 compared to 32 in 2013.
According to RBPF, the figure was the lowest since 2009.
The number of car accidents recorded last year was also slightly lower at 3,052 compared to 3,338 in 2013.
But with an average of 11 road deaths per 100,000 population, Brunei Darussalam’s road fatality rate is higher than that of a number of developed countries such as Australia, Singapore, the United Kingdom and others that have a huge car population.