It is time to restore road use discipline, and have no compromise in dealing with reckless road users and habitual offenders, said Malaysia Institute of Road Safety Research (MIROS) chairman Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye, adding that the installation of seven new Automated Enforcement System (AES) cameras are timely, according to a report in The Star.

“Those who are taking the authorities to task must be more balanced in their views. Nobody likes to be given a summons, and no one likes to pay a fine. There are drivers who disobey rules, and reckless road users are not only endangering themselves but also other law-abiding dri­vers,” Lee said, believing that the country will succeed in reducing road accidents when road users embrace a culture of road safety, the report wrote.

Countries with low road accident rates enjoy those due to ‘no-nonsense’ enforcement measures put in place, Lee said. “In Australia, for example, you can go to jail for a traffic offence. In our country, you only get a fine of up to RM300, and yet you have people saying they will wait to get a discount. We are on the right track by imposing new road safety measures to restore discipline on the roads,” he added.

Earlier this month, 21 more offences were added to the Kejara list for a total of 23 punishable infringements; these include using mobile phones while driving, not wearing safety belts, drink driving, using the emergency lane, driving under the influence and commercial vehicle overloading.