KUALA LUMPUR: Social activist Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye (pic) described the accident which killed eight teenage cyclists in Johor Baru as a wake-up call for everybody, especially parents.
He said the case is serious and if night joyrides by teen cycling groups are rampant in Johor Baru, the authorities should take appropriate action.
Children have no knowledge about road safety and riding their bicycles haphazardly poses a risk not only to themselves but also other road users, said Lee in a telephone interview Sunday.
He also said that parents should know their children's whereabouts and what they are doing out at 3.30am as they should be at home.
It's the parents' duty to constantly monitor their children's activities, especially teenagers, he added.
On Saturday, a group of eight teenage cyclists were killed in an accident near an exit of a bypass.
A car driven by a woman in her 20s ploughed into them along Jalan Lingkaran Dalam, near the Mahmoodiah Muslim cemetery.