Act before accidents happen


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  • Sunday, 26 Sep 2004

WHY is there is always reactive action and not proactive action by the authorities where safety is concerned? 

It is sad to read about the death of Road Transport Department enforcement officer Shah Redza Khalid who was mowed down by a lorry in Selayang last week. 

There should be a very clear signal on the action to be taken by the relevant authorities when it comes to reckless driving, especially of heavy vehicles. 

I once saw a long trailer carrying a heavy load doing about 100kph along a winding stretch that cut through a village in Malacca, with stalls barely a few metres from the road.  

The Government should monitor the speed of these heavy vehicles. 

There is no point having world-class infrastructure but without the means to make these highways or roads safe from “barbaric” drivers. 

The authorities must send a strong, clear message to these drivers that if they have no respect for human lives, they will be punished to the full extent of the law.  

It is time to act once and for all to protect the lives of innocent road users.  

 

ABDUL HAKIM 

Subang Jaya, Selangor  

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