We need the country’s leadership to decide once and for all how we should deal with this growing problem of reckless motorists, writes JD Lovrenciear.
The New Year started with a tremendous effort by the police. In one traffic operation alone in Penang, police booked some 399 motorists – the infamous Mat Rempits – for various traffic offences.
While we must applaud the hard work and sacrifices of our police on the eve of the New Year, the various traffic operations held throughout 2019 raise serious concern that needs the attention of the country’s leadership.
As the number of registered motor vehicles keeps swelling each year, more motorists are being booked for glaring offences. Despite road blocks and subsequent traffic fines issued by the police, motorists seem to be indifferent.
The incidence of road accidents, road bullying, inconsiderate dangerous driving attitudes, poor vehicle maintenance and illegal racing refuse to decline significantly. Innocent victims suffer as reckless, inexperienced and law-breaking motorists cause misery to other road users and commuters, including innocent children. It looks like motorists do not care for others and the laws of this country anymore.
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Meanwhile, crime watch responsibilities are taking a backseat as understaffed, overworked police have to handle traffic duties now and then.
We need the country’s leadership to decide once and for all how we should deal with this growing problem of recalcitrant, uncaring and non-compliant motorists.
Let us hope that even though we are unable to achieve the Vision 2020 goals, at least we should see the government taking quick action to ensure road safety and shape motoring attitudes in the next 12 months.