Raising speed limit a regressive move


  • Letters
  • Thursday, 13 Mar 2003

THE Cabinet's decision to raise the speed limit to 120kph from the present 110kph is a regressive move.  

Just because 87% of those surveyed had agreed to the increase, and just because Malaysian highways are qualitatively better with more lanes, it does not mean these are sufficient and rational reasons for raising the speed limit.  

A cursory look at accidents caused by high-speed driving anywhere in the world will show speed kills and injures people in very horrific ways.  

Survivors often suffer from the trauma for years.  

The cost of accidents is equally horrendous in social and economic terms.  

Federal, state and local governments around the world are seriously considering lowering speed limits to reduce accidents.  

One only needs to look at the driving behaviour of Malaysian motorists and motorcyclists to know that at present speeds many are demons on the road. 

Giving them 10kph more speed on highways is like putting a pistol in their hands.  

 

MANJIT BHATIA, 

Australia. 

(via e-mail)  

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