Law and science of road safety


I HAVE reviewed the relevant Malaysian road safety laws in the context of scientific understanding of road crash causation and prevention according to the World Health Organisation’s Report on Road Traffic Injury Prevention, to which I contributed.

Section 41 of the Road Transport Act 1987 (with its subsequent amendments) states that “any person who, by the driving of a motor vehicle on a road recklessly or at a speed or in a manner which having regard to all the circumstances (including the nature, condition and size of the road, and the amount of traffic which is or might be expected to be on the road) is dangerous to the public, causes the death of any person shall be guilty of an offence and shall on conviction be punished with imprisonment for a term of not less than two years and not more than ten years and to a fine not less than five thousand ringgit and not more than twenty thousand ringgit”.

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