PETALING JAYA: Road users this festive season can take heed of some friendly advice from Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
In an entertaining yet informative three-minute forty-five second video, Dr Mahathir and Transport Minister Anthony Loke Siew Fook explored some important points about road safety.
Dr Mahathir, in particular, advised elderly drivers not to operate vehicles during the Hari Raya festive season.
"Those who are 90, better not drive! I enjoy driving but I only get to do so on the weekends.
"Even then, there will be a driver next to me, and when he sees what's in front, he will always do this with his hand," he said, replicating the gesture.
He also advised drivers to rest and take a short nap if they feel sleepy, and for those with outstanding traffic summonses to be responsible and pay up.
Dr Mahathir's witty comments shone through in the video, when asked about discounts for summonses for the festive season.
"If there are discounts for summonses, I think it will not be a warning to us," he quipped.
Meanwhile, Loke noted that the Government does not intend to penalise road users with traffic summonses and said it was a reminder for them to be aware about road safety issues.
"I recently issued a directive for affected cars to replace airbags, otherwise they will be issued a summons," he said.
Asked if the new Government would implement new road regulations, Loke said the Ministry was studying if there was a need for it.
"What's important is that when we drive back to our hometowns, we must remember that we want to be with our family.
"If you are sleepy while on the road, try listening to some music to liven up the mood," he said.
Both Dr Mahathir and Loke also wished road users Selamat Hari Raya and advised them to be safe on the roads.
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