Police: Road rage cases are isolated incidents


  • Nation
  • Saturday, 29 Jan 2005

KUALA LUMPUR: Road rage or road bully cases are not classified as a common type of crime but treated as isolated incidents. 

City police chief Deputy Comm Mustafa Abdullah said in previous cases where a person was seriously injured or died in attacks after accidents, the aggressor normally reacted violently on the spur of the moment. 

“These cases are triggered by minor accidents that escalate into a heated argument and later into a fight where a person then suffers serious injuries and dies. It is a spontaneous reaction of mindless outrage,” he said, adding such incidents were very rare in the city.  

“In some cases, criminals trail victims after they withdraw money from banks and ram into their vehicles, causing them to stop. They then rob their victims,” DCP Mustafa said. 

He said this after handing over donations to the tsunami relief fund organised by a Malay daily. 

DCP Mustafa said motorists should learn to be more patient and not to act irrationally. 

“Nobody wants to get involved in accidents. Whoever feels they were victims of an accident should lodge reports,” he said, adding that nothing could be resolved if two people continued arguing in the middle of the road and obstructing traffic in the process. 

“Just go to the nearest police station and lodge a report,” he said. 

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