Universiti Putra Malaysia Road Safety Research Centre director Prof Radin Umar Radin Sohadi said the increase showed that the attitude of Malaysian drivers had not changed.
said the traditional accident phenomenon could change if motorists placed safety above all else.
"As long as the behaviour of motorists remains the same, we can expect the same results every year."
The other reason, he
said, was the increase in vehicles on the road during festive seasons.
urged Malaysians to use public transportation during festive periods.