Transport Ministry working on heavier punishment for reckless, drunk drivers

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  • Monday, 01 Jun 2020

PETALING JAYA: The punishment for driving under the influence and reckless driving are set to become heavier with the Transport Ministry seeking to amend the Road Transport Act 1987.

Transport Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong said a special meeting was chaired by him on Monday (June 1) to discuss amendments on Section 41 to 45 of the Road Transport Act 1987 or Act 333.

“It’s regarding punishments for those driving under the influence of alcohol, drugs or (who are engaged in) reckless driving.

“It is for sure that all punishments for those offences would be improved and increased in order to serve as a lesson and to tackle the issue of driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs,” he said in a statement on Facebook on Monday.

He also said he ordered Transport Ministry officers to prepare a Cabinet minister memorandum in order to get clearance from the Cabinet this month.

“Proposals to amend Act 333 has taken into account the views of every stakeholder including the public,” he added.

There has been an increase in drunk driving incidents during the conditional movement control order (MCO) and many have called for a review of present laws.

On May 2, a policeman on duty at a roadblock along the Lekas Highway was run over by a car driven by a suspected drunk driver. He died on the spot.

On Friday (May 29), a 22-year-old man driving under the influence of alcohol collided with a motorcycle at the Federal Highway, causing the death of the pillion rider.

Police have also given a stern warning that the number of roadblocks in Petaling Jaya would be tripled under Ops Alcohol in a bid to curb drink driving.

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