Following the recent shocking accident and other incidents on the road, mostly involving vehicles driving on the opposite side of the road, the Transport Ministry may push for stricter laws and more punishment for errant motorists, The Sun reports.
Deputy transport minister Datuk Ab Aziz Kaprawi said existing penalties are not severe enough, in reference to the recent accident caused by a teenager who went on the wrong side of the North-South Expressway near Butterworth, killing one motorist. He said the ministry took note of the recommendations of various parties, including NGOs and the public, who want tougher laws.
“Few cases have already been reported, including last week’s Penang incident. The government is also worried of the increasing number of fatal accidents caused by drivers’ negligence,” he told reporters in Batu Pahat yesterday.
At present, driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs which causes fatal accidents is a serious road offence and can be charged under Road Transport Act 1987 and Section 44(1) of the same act, which carries imprisonment from three to 10 years and a fine between RM8,000 and RM20,000.
“The ministry will review the existing laws, including the implementation of the Demerit Points System (Kejara) as well as enhancing the Automated Awareness Safety System (Awas) in a bid to reduce traffic accidents,” the deputy minister added.
Last week, the part-time model with an OKU card was charged with drug abuse having been tested positive for amphetamine. The offence, under Section 15(1)(a) of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952, carries a maximum two-year jail sentence and RM5,000 fine. She pleaded not guilty.
She is also being investigated under Section 44 of the Road Transport Act 1987 for driving under the influence of drugs and causing the death of or injury to any person. That offence carries a jail sentence of three to 10 years and a fine of between RM8,000 and RM20,000.
Lately, we have noticed a spike in video recordings of “lawan arus” cars driving in the wrong direction. It’s either these crazy actions have become an unfortunate trend; or that it has been happening all the while, but more frequently caught on camera.