Getting tough on all drivers


PETALING JAYA: The move to amend laws for stiffer punishment on drink-driving will also include other forms of reckless driving, says the Transport Ministry.

“Therefore, be it driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol or geng basikal lajak (modified bicycles) or mat rempit, any form of dangerous driving will be covered in the proposed amendments,” said its minister Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong (pic).

The proposed amendments to Section 41 to Section 45 of the 1987 Land Transport Act is mainly relate to driving under the influence of drugs, alcohol or dangerous driving.

Dr Wee, who is also the MCA president, said the issue of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol had nothing to do with race or religion.

“This is an issue about personal safety. Any final amendments to the Act are to impose more severe punishments against dangerous drivers and has nothing to do with race.

“To have more severe punishment against the perpetrators is to prevent more needless deaths.

“I hope we can look beyond race, religious or political differences to support the proposed amendments to this Act,” he said in his Facebook post yesterday.

On May 30, Dr Wee appealed to motorists not to drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

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

All proposed amendments to the Road Transport Act 1987 will be finalised in mid-June before being tabled at the Cabinet meeting, he added.

On 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.

The police said the car driven by the man was involved in a collision with a motorcycle on the Federal Highway around 6am.

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

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