I REFER to the report, “Elderly man on morning walk killed in hit-and-run” (The Star, July 21). The 84-year-old man, Ali Redza Khalid, was left to die in the middle of the road after he was allegedly knocked down by a car.
The police said the two-lane road was dark at the time of the accident and the driver probably did not see the man until it was too late. My condolence to the family of the deceased.
To put in my two-sen worth, I would advise those who go for brisk walking or jogging on a public road before sunrise or after sunset to wear bright clothing or reflective strips over their clothes so that they are visible to road users especially motorists and motorcyclists driving on the same road. People usually jog or brisk-walk in dark or poorly-lit roads and might not be visible to motorists or motorcyclists. Joggers and walkers should also remember to jog or walk facing the traffic so that they can see what is in front of them.
I also refer to the report on the road crash tragedy on the same page, “Driver nods off and crashes, killing his family”. All drivers know that they will feel sleepy between 1am and 2am and before dawn between 5am and 6am. If there are drivers on the road during these hours, I suggest they take a short nap at the various R & R areas on the highways. If this is not possible, roll the car window down a bit to let fresh air flow inside the vehicle for a minute or two. The air-conditioning in a vehicle can make a driver sleepy so a breath of fresh air will help. It is better to be safe than sorry.
MOHD FAIZAL ABDULLAH