JOHOR BARU: Drivers under the influence of alcohol should opt for public transport or e-hailing services instead of driving and endangering their lives and that of others on the road.
Johor Traffic Enforcement and Investigations Department deputy chief Deputy Supt Khairul Azhar Ismail said the state police has always been proactive and carried out operations including roadblocks to apprehend intoxicated drivers frequently.
“Intoxicated motorists must ensure that they do not drive as they pose a danger to themselves as well as other road users, ” he said.
He pointed out that so far this year, Johor police arrested 66 drivers under Section 45A of the Road Transport Act 1987 for being under the influence of alcohol.
DSP Khairul Azhar reminded drivers to be responsible and urged them to read road rules to have a better understanding.
He said under the existing laws, those found driving intoxicated beyond the permissible level can be jailed between three and 10 years as well as fined up to RM20,000.
“Those going out for a drink should have a designated driver, ” he added.
DSP Khairul said businesses that sell and serve alcoholic drinks should be more responsible in taking care of their customers.
“They should call a taxi for their customers to prevent them from driving if necessary.
“This act can help prevent road accidents and save lives, ” he said.
It was reported that the Government would be amending the Road Transport Act to include harsher punishment for reckless and intoxicated drivers, including a jail term of up to 20 years.
Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Liew Vui Keong said the Act was being reviewed to introduce the changes.
The government is looking into reviewing the prescribed limit of alcohol content in the driver’s blood, which currently permits up to 80mg of alcohol in 100ml of blood.
The international limit set by the World Health Organisation is 50mg in 100ml of blood.
Transport Minister Anthony Loke said the amendments to the Act could be tabled in Parliament as early as June.
Did you find this article insightful?
100% readers found this article insightful