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It is a fact that the road conditions also contribute to accidents.

There are many dangers lurking on our roads when they are not properly maintained and unsuspecting drivers may be in jeopardy from these hazards.

A study ordered by the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation (PIRE) has found that poor road conditions are the leading reason for highway fatalities.

The study revealed, approximately 31.4 percent of all accidents each year in America cause by the poor condition and lack of maintenance of roads.

Even if road conditions are not the sole cause of the accident, the conditions can cause crash injuries to be more severe.

Poor road conditions greatly elevate the severity of an injury from minor to moderate or even fatal.

Some of the dangers that drivers face from poor road conditions may include potholes and uneven payment, loose gravel, steep shoulder drop-offs, trees or other obstacles blocking drivers’ view or blocking portions of the road, broken or defective guardrails, broken or missing signs, inadequate night-time lighting, poor road and intersection planning, bridges and roads that is too narrow to handle traffic and inadequate or missing road reflectors and lines.

Because of these dangers, drivers are at risk of being involved in a serious accident.

Motorists have a reasonable expectation that roads will be maintained and kept in good condition by city, state or federal government agencies.

Some stretches of roads in Malaysia suffer from poor design and maintenance, damage and internal management issues of the responsible parties.

Series of fatal accidents near the old Jelapang Toll Plaza is a good example where the road itself was a major factor in contributing to the series of tragic events.

In 2008 PLUS Expressways Berhad redesigned its Ipoh stretch to upgrade safety aspect and improve traffic flow.

The new stretch was opened to public in July 2009 and since then there were no serious tragedies recorded on the stretch.

The government of Malaysia recognise the huge economic and social costs (over RM9 billion) being incurred from the numbers of Malaysians killed crippled or injured in road accidents every year.

The introduction of Malaysian Guidebook for Traffic and Road Safety Audit (METRA) by Malaysian Institute of Road Safety Research (MIROS) is a proactive initiative to help the effort made by the government in increasing road safety in Malaysia.

METRA complement the Ministry of Work’s Road Safety Audit Guidelines for safety audits on roads and road projects in Malaysia.

METRA help the local governments, engineers, auditors, researchers and institutes of higher learning to learn more of the road conditions in the country.

-SNASH-

(this article published in 1BINA.my)