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In a bid to curb reckless driving, the Malaysian government should consider enforcing mandatory jail sentences for reckless drivers, said National Road Safety Council (JKJR) member, Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye.

“I believe we need a radical move to tackle this issue by instilling fear and full responsibility among drivers who are found guilty for reckless driving. We must have effective laws to ensure these are deterrent enough to curb reckless driving, especially among heavy vehicle drivers,” Lee added.

This, after the latest incident where a bus driver and 26 passengers were injured when the vehicle overturned at KM 434.9 on the PLUS Expressway near Rawang. Initial reports suggest that it took place at 4.50am, and it was believed that the driver hit the road divider and skidded before the bus overturned and entered the opposite lane.

“Imposing mandatory jail sentences was more timely now than before because passengers and the public were at the complete mercy of reckless drivers of buses and other heavy vehicles,” Lee said.

Last month, eight factory workers died and 44 others were injured in an accident involving two factory buses and a factory van at KM 147 of the North-South Expressway, near the Juru toll plaza.

The worst fatal crash happened in 2013 when 37 passengers died and 16 were injured in an accident which took place near the Chin Swee Temple, in Genting Highlands, Pahang.