Dr Wee to bring memorandum on drink driving, reckless driving to Cabinet next week


  • Nation
  • Sunday, 21 Jun 2020

PETALING JAYA: Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong will bring a memorandum to Cabinet next week to amend the Road Transport Act 1987 in a bid to deter people from drink driving or driving under the influence of drugs.

The Transport Minister said that dreadful stories such as a recent accident that caused the death of three in a family, including a pregnant mother, broke the hearts of the victim's families.

“News like these just hardens the resolve to act against driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs or driving recklessly.

“Enough is enough. I'm bringing a memorandum to Cabinet next week to amend the Road Transport Act and introduce much harsher penalties to stop, or at least drastically reduce these unfortunate, yet preventable tragedies.

“We are committed to having much more deterrent punishments to make people stop driving after drinking alcohol, under the influence of drugs or recklessly.

“Think first of yourself and others before you drive. For the sake of our communities, don't drive drunk or under the influence, ” he said in a statement Sunday (June 21).

Three family members, including a two-year-old boy, were killed when the car they were in collided head-on with a four-wheel-drive vehicle at KM74 of Jalan Ipoh-Gerik near here on Friday (June 19) night.

The deceased were identified as Abdul Hakim Hashim, 32, his wife Nurul Huda Arifin, 31, and their son Adib Aiman.

The couple's other son, aged four, sustained light injuries to his head during the 10.40pm incident.

Police arrested the driver of the 4WD who had tested positive for amphetamine and methamphetamine.

The incident will be investigated under Section 41(1) of the Road Transport Act for reckless driving causing death.

The punishments for driving under the influence and reckless driving are set to become heavier as the Transport Ministry seeks to amend the Road Transport Act.

A special meeting chaired by Wee on June 1 discussed amendments on Section 41 to 45 of the Road Transport Act 1987 or Act 333.

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