PLUS: Incidents of motorists driving against traffic were due to human error

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  • Sunday, 04 Jun 2017

Signboards on the Silk Highway direct motorists to Kajang.

PETALING JAYA: The recent incidents of motorists driving against traffic flow on highways is not because of inadequate barriers or confusion over signboards, said PLUS Malaysia Bhd.

Its chief operating officer Moham­mad Fuad Khusairi said PLUS recorded six such cases on the North-South Expressway (NSE) this year.

“Based on our investigations, we believe the incidents were caused by human error.

“We would like to advise highway users to obey traffic rules and signs at all times,” he said.

Mohammad Fuad said some of the actions taken to stop drivers from going against traffic included installing adequate signage and barriers along the highways.

“No entry signs are put up at all interchanges to prevent users from entering the highway from the opposite direction,” he said when contacted yesterday.

On Friday, police remanded a 29-year-old man who drove his car against traffic flow near the Kulai rest area in Johor Baru on the NSE.

On Thursday night, video footage of a car travelling against traffic along the Butterworth-Kulim Ex­­press­­way went viral.

PLUS strategic communications head Mohd Nizam Ismail said these drivers did not enter the wrong carriageways because they were confused by signs or barriers.

“Actually, they were driving on the correct lane but they suddenly decided to make a U-turn and drive against oncoming traffic,” he said.

Mohd Nizam said the case on March 14, where part-time model Ng Pei Ven allegedly drove against traffic on the NSE and crashed her car, killing one moto­rist and dama­ging five vehicles in Butterworth, was another example.

He said missing an interchange could prompt drivers to make the abrupt switch.

“It’s not an issue of insufficient barriers. Drivers cannot enter the other side of the road because there are barriers in between,” he said.

Malaysian Institute of Road Safety Research director-general Prof Dr Wong Shaw Voon said highways were equipped with kerbs and bar­riers to discourage drivers from entering the other side of the road.

“Under normal circumstances, I don’t see any reason anybody would have to drive against traffic,” said Dr Wong.

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