Driver relied on Waze and ended up on motorcycle lane, say police

  • Nation
  • Thursday, 25 Jun 2020

PETALING JAYA: A driver had relied on Waze to get him to his destination but was not prepared for the navigation application to guide him through an "alternative route".

Petaling Jaya OCPD Asst Comm Nik Ezanee Mohd Faisal said the 53-year-old man was on his way from his office in Jalan Sungai Besi to Shah Alam on Tuesday (June 23) around 2.30pm when he ended up driving on the motorcycle lane of the busy expressway.

"He had been using Waze to get to his destination but ended up on the motorcycle lane because the application was set to motorcycle mode," he said.

Realising his mistake, the driver tried desperately to exit the motorcycle lane and was able to do so with the help of motorcyclists traversing the narrow carriageway.

Tests also confirmed that the driver was not intoxicated when he ended up on the motorcycle lane.

The driver has been released and investigations into the incident have been forwarded to the deputy public prosecutor for further action.

A video of the incident had also gone viral on June 24 (Wednesday).

The driver was called in for questioning at 5pm the same day and police investigated the case under Section 79 of the Road Transport Act 1988 for neglecting traffic directions and signs.

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