KUALA LUMPUR – Reports on drunk driving accidents is on the rise recently and these reckless drivers had caused catastrophe to the lives of the innocent people.
It is saddening that most of the cases involving drunk driving led to fatal accidents.
Although it happens frequently, the existing law does not seem to bring any impact as the incidents keep repeating.
Some quarters proposed for the review of the provisions under Section 44 of the Road Transport Act 1987, which include heavier punishment on the offenders.
Nevertheless, questions linger around the 222 Members of Parliament (MP) from the government, opposition and independent parties, who did not bring any motion to overcome drunk driving or driving under influence.
The question was raised by political observer, Azizi Safar in his Facebook post today which received various reactions from the netizens.
“None of them wanted to bring the motion to amend the law to impose harsher punishment on the drivers who drive when they are drunk or intoxicated?” he asked.
Several days ago, there were reports on a father and his five-year-old son who faced life threatening situation when his burger stall was knocked down by a drunk driver in Bercham, Ipoh.
In a separate incident, a television producer lost his life and his son sustained injuries after they were being hit by a four-wheeled-drive driven by a suspected drunk driver in Old Klang Road.
Recently, a Penang City Council employee was dead after his motorcycle was hit by a drunk foreign woman near the traffic light at the cross junction of Jalan Dato’ Keramat, Georgetown.
The mandatory jail sentence of three to 10 years and a fine between RM8,000 and RM20,000 imposed not seemed to be too light, especially when it is a fatal accident.
Azizi also chirped that intoxication could appear in various forms.
“There are various forms of being drunk. Some are intoxicated by alcohol, some are intoxicated by ganja (marijuana), some are intoxicated by ketum, some are intoxicated by love and some are even intoxicated by creamer. All of them are dangerous. We need stricter enforcement,” he said. -MalaysiaGazette