Wee urges motorists to stay sober on roads following another drink-drive fatal accident

  • Nation
  • Saturday, 30 May 2020

PETALING JAYA: Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong has appealed to motorists not to drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

The Transport Minister said motorists must value their own lives and of other road users, following another incident where a drunk driver crashed into a motorcycle that killed one and seriously injured another.

“Another tragic news about a drunk driver who caused the loss of life. My thoughts are with the family of the victims. May his soul rests peacefully.

“To drivers out there, please, don’t drive when you’re drunk or under the influence of drugs.

“Be a member of society who is responsible and thinks of the greater good, ” he said on his Facebook on Saturday (May 30).

Dr Wee also assured that all proposed amendments to the Road Transport Act 1987 will be finalised in mid-June before being tabled at the Cabinet meeting.

“As promised, a briefing session by the Road Transport Department (JPJ) will be held on June 1.

“Among the proposed amendments were on offences related to driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs.

“I guarantee that the ministry will finalise the amendments by mid-June before it is tabled for Cabinet’s consideration, ” he added.

On Friday (May 29), a 22-year-old man who was driving while under the influence of alcohol was detained following a fatal accident near the Federal Highway.

Petaling Jaya OCPD Asst Comm Nik Ezanee Mohd Faisal said the car driven by the man was involved in a collision with a motorcycle at KM34.2 of the Federal Highway around 6am.

"The accident led to the death of the 42-year-old motorcycle pillion rider while rider sustained serious injuries.

"Both victims worked with a courier company and they were on the way home when the incident occurred," he said.

ACP Nik Ezanee also said the number of roadblocks in Petaling Jaya will be tripled under Op Alcohol in a bid to discourage drink driving.

"We will continue with the roadblocks up to a certain time or until we see a decline in drink driving," he said, adding that police have arrested 11 people as at Friday for drink driving during the movement control order (MCO) period.

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