DRIVERS who stop to gawk at accident scenes can be issued summonses, as this is provided for in the Road Transport Act 1987.
According to Road Safety Department (JKJR) director-general Datuk Suret Singh, only five parties have a role to play in the event of a road accident, namely witnesses, rescuers, related government agencies, interested non-governmental organisations and trained first responders.
I agree with Suret that others should not stop and gawk as this only leads to unnecessary jams at the scene and also may cause minor accidents to happen.
Many are just curious and have no intention whatsoever to render any form of aid. They should be issued with summonses for obstructing traffic and obstructing rescue operations.
In fact, the authorities should come down hard on those who violate any traffic law, from driving through red lights and endangering the lives of others to not wearing seat belts, both front and rear.
Malaysians have poor driving habits, even in affluent places like Bangsar (in Kuala Lumpur). Very often, even though the traffic lights are in favour of pedestrians many motorists show blatant disregard and drive through.
On many occasions, at the traffic lights in front of Maybank in Jalan Maroof, Bangsar, I was almost knocked down by motorists who sped through although the pedestrian traffic light was on. I am surprised that the CCTV footages have not led to the nabbing of these traffic offenders.
Many motorists show no consideration whatsoever for senior citizens like me. And we are supposed to be moving towards a caring society.
I take my hat off to Suret, who has always been at the forefront in improving safety conditions on the country’s roads and highways. He is an admirable civil servant.
JAMES GONZALES, Kuala Lumpur.