‘Speedsters belong at race track’

KUALA LUMPUR: Drivers must be considerate and think of others whenever they are on the road so that road accidents can be avoided, says Senator Datuk Ras Adiba Radzi.

According to the OKU Sentral president, road accidents are unpredictable, so it is best if drivers are responsible whenever they are behind the wheel.

“Sometimes we may love something especially when you love to race, you love to drive fast, you have to be considerate, think about others.

“You can’t just be selfish and push your way around traffic, it doesn’t work that way.

“You might know how to handle the car, but there is also a possibility the car on that day is not in good shape, ” she said in a pre-recorded interview on Webinar: Stories of Speed during her session on “A Consequence of Speeding: My Story by Honourable Senator Datuk Ras Adiba Radzi” yesterday.

The webinar – part of the Asean Road Safety Week 2021 seven-day programme – aims to empower the communities in South-East Asia to build a safe, healthy, green and liveable area with a speed limit of 30kph as the norm for areas where pedestrians mix with road traffic.

Ras Adiba, who is also Bernama chairman, advised those who love to speed on the road to do it on a racing track rather than harming other people or pedestrians.

“It’s just not worth it, if you want to show off your car, skills, go to the track, not on the road because it’s just not the place for it, not everybody on the road is able to control the car as well as you.

“Just don’t speed because that’s what happened to me in 1995, I was in a car accident.

“The car in front braked, because I learnt defensive driving so I braked, I swerved my car to the right, but the people behind was not paying attention on the road (crashed her car) or maybe they’re just not skilled enough, I don’t know, ” she said.

In November 1995, she suffered a spinal injury after a road crash in Petaling Jaya.

Six years later she was assaulted by a group of men outside her house, which worsened her injuries and a year after, she was permanently wheelchair-bound.

Asked for her opinion on persons with disabilities and their mobility, Ras Adiba said there are not enough buses to accommodate them.

She said those involved on the matter must improve and work on transportation for the disabled.

“If I go to rural areas, and I’m taking a bus, I have to crawl up the bus because there is no ramp or hydraulic for us to get in and out of the bus.

“We don’t even have taxis which is accessible for wheelchair users, ” she said. — Bernama

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