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Inspector-general of police (IGP) Tan Sri Khalid Abdul Bakar has said that current traffic regulations are sufficient to ensure the safety of road users, according to a Malay Mail report. “Our laws are sufficient. If someone drives dangerously, we can catch them and they can be imprisoned,” he was quoted as saying.

He also said that the problem with fatal crashes like the May 2 incident – in which three people, including a six-month-old baby, were killed when their Mitsubishi Pajero Sport collided with a pair of Perodua Myvis allegedly street racing – were not caused by inadequate laws, but rather the challenge of detecting illegal racers before committing the crime, as a lot of these races were unplanned.

“They [illegal racers] intentionally choose the place where there is no police presence… Their illegal races aren’t planned where we can make preparations to take action against them,” he added, noting, however, that all divisions within the police force have been mobilised to investigate the incident.

The crash happened in the early hours of Saturday morning on the Duta-Ulu Klang Expressway (DUKE), during which both Myvis from a local car club are said to have been involved in a six-car race.

One of the drivers involved in the crash, however, reportedly put the blame of the accident on the victims, saying that the Pajero Sport cut into her lane, causing her to lose control of her vehicle. Since the incident, the police has called up 11 people for questioning, and have released the two Myvi drivers on bail.