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Unsafe driving behaviour, particularly speeding and reckless driving can lead to accidents even in luxury and high-performance vehicles, Malaysian Institute of Road Safety Research (MIROS) director-general Prof Dr Wong Shaw Voon has said, according to a Bernama report.

He said that although luxury and high-performance vehicles were equipped with state-of-the-art safety features, they were not immune to accidents, including fatal ones.

“Although they can be driven at top speed of over 200 km/h, it does not mean that in the event of an accident, the vehicles and the drivers will be safe and sound.

“These drivers claim that driving just slightly over the speed limit does not pose any problem to them. On the contrary, driving at speeds much too high increases the risk of accidents,” he said when contacted by Bernama.

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The roads are designed to be driven at a certain speed and to stay safe, motorists should observe the speed limit and traffic rules, he said, adding that seat belts must be worn by all passengers, front or rear.

“We are not ‘Superman’ or ‘Ironman’, we are human, let’s prevent accidents by practicing safe driving rather than nursing injuries or losing lives,” Wong said.

MIROS behavioural and evaluation analysis unit chief Noradrenalina Isah said that according to a MIROS study on road users in 2012, drivers aged 42 and below were more prone to break traffic rules, including driving above the speed limit.

“Lack of bad experience of being issued traffic summonses made them bold in violating traffic rules,” she said, adding that men were twice more likely to break the highway code.