By Hamzah Osman

LANGKAWI: Stop wearing a 'turtle' helmet because it does not guarantee safety and can cause serious injuries in the event of an accident.

Kedah Road Safety Department director Chan Pei Hong said this was because the semi-helmet had not been approved by Sirim Berhad (SIRIM).

He said the type of helmet was just as attractive and beautiful as the regular helmet but did not guarantee the safety of motorcyclists and riders.

"I noticed many teenagers still choose to wear 'turtle' type helmets to show they are in the current stream.

"However, the use of such a helmet is very dangerous because it does not have SIRIM standards," he said.

He said this when met after the Road Safety Advocacy Campaign jointly organized by JKJR, Road Transport Department and Allianz General Insurance Company (M) Berhad (Allianz) here today.

In the campaign about an hour ahead of the supermarket here, 30 helmets, 500 reflecting stickers, 50 raincoats and 10 special safety seats for children were distributed to 10 people by JKJR, RTD and Allianz Alor branches Setar.

Pei Hong said it had over 250 similar advocacy campaigns across Kedah to educate the public on road safety aspects, last year.

"This year, we target the same number of campaigns, as well as organizing community programs at higher education institutions and schools in educating young people on road safety.

"JKJR also wants consumers to practice discipline and prudent culture while on the road, obeying rules and respecting other drivers," he said.

Last Updated: Thursday, 16 July 2020 - 10:05am