RAWANG: Malaysian drivers have been dubbed by Transport Minister Datuk Chan Kong Choy as being too aggressive for their knack of breaking traffic rules.
Commenting on the increasing number of motorists beating the red light, he said: They are too aggressive and are still far away from becoming defensive drivers. We still have a lot of room for improvement.
He also expressed disappointment over the high number of road fatalities that numbered about 6,000 every year.
This means 16.7 motorists will die a day and as I speak, one or two will meet with an accident, he said after opening the Fifth Datuk Tang See Hang badminton tournament at the Dewan Orang Ramai in Kampong Sungai Terentang here on Sunday.
Half of the fatalities, he said, involved motorcyclists who had the habit of not wearing safety helmets.
Although we expect an increase in motorcycles on the road, the crux of the problem is not whether we have more or less motorcycles but the attitude of the riders.
Wearing a helmet is a very basic safety measure but some feel that by breaking the law and slipping through the hands of law enforcers, it is a great achievement, he said.
Over the next few months, he said, his ministry would pay more attention to road safety.