Remain vigilant amid festive season, public told

Azlan Othman

The Brunei National Road Safety Council (BNRSC) urged motorists to be more vigilant and to jointly uphold road safety as the nation anticipates an influx of cars on the roads with people visiting their parents, family members and friends during the Hari Raya season.

Land Transport Department (JPD) Director Haji Rozaly bin Haji Saidon who is also the head of Secretariat of BNRSC urged the public to promote road safety, adding that drivers must always be alert and be responsible for the passengers and road users’ safety.

He said this at the distribution of BNRSC Hari Raya packets yesterday at JPD headquarters in Beribi, Gadong to promote road safety during such festivity.

“Recite prayers before starting a journey and ensure that the vehicles are in an immaculate condition and safe,” he added.

Haji Rozaly said it is also important to abide by road traffic rules and regulations.

Land Transport Department (JPD) Director Haji Rozaly bin Haji Saidon distributes a Raya packet. PHOTO: AZLAN OTHMAN

“Do not drive recklessly or exceed speed limits. Do not use the mobile phone while driving. Do not drive when feeling unwell, drowsy or in a situation where one cannot stay focussed when driving”.

“An important responsibility of road safety is to avoid accidents. The driver’s licence and vehicle licence should be valid. A person who does not have a driving licence should refrain
from driving.”

“Wearing a seat belt is important as it can save lives in the event of any unwanted accident. Drivers should always be vigilant; should not overtake at dangerous places; must avoid racing on the roads and should not make u-turns at dangerous places,” said the
JPD director.

Brunei has seen an increase in road accidents as of late, with some even claiming lives, the latest being a seven-car pile-up at Rimba-Tungku highway this week that created a massive traffic jam.

The distribution of Hari Raya packets through the BNRSC acts as a way to reach out to the public to increase vigilance and to jointly maintain road safety.