Crash accident collision

Irresponsible and reckless motorists who put the lives of others in jeopardy and inadvertently cause collisions will have action taken against them, according to a report published by theSun. Deputy Inspector-General of Police, Datuk Seri Noor Rashid Ibrahim, said that even if these individuals are not involved directly in the accident, they will be apprehended for their behaviour.

“These are motorists who drive dangerously, zig-zagging in traffic and causing collisions between other vehicles as a result. Though these drivers are not involved in the accident, their reckless and inconsiderate attitude endangers other road users,” he said. “We are going after these drivers and hope to trace them with the help of public closed-circuit cameras and other means. Such drivers must face stern action,” he added.

Noor Rashid had stated that the police force will be trained to zero in on reckless drivers soon enough. According to him, “drastic and stern action” will be taken against them to help lower the rate of road accidents and fatalities. Compared to 2014, Hari Raya operations this year saw a 10.7% rise in road accidents with 330 deaths from the total figure of 20,458. Motorcyclists made up 200 of the 300 fatalities.

“Malaysia could be considered to be in the top 10 of countries with the highest number of accidents. Stern action and costly fines may help. In Europe, if one fails to use safety belts, the fine is 300 euros. This has helped in enforcing the law,” said Noor Rashid.

A notable example of dangerous behaviour on the road can be seen in a recent viral video which showed a Volkswagen Polo colliding into a police vehicle along Jalan Pudu. The driver, a 21-year old youth, has since pleaded guilty and has been fined RM4,000.