By BERNAMA / Pic By TMR File
ALLIANCE for a Safe Community chairman Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye (picture) has lauded the government’s decision to review the Road Transport Act for stiffer penalties for driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol or drugs, but said this alone would not be effective without stringent enforcement.
He said enforcement with integrity should also be stepped up to drive home the message that the authorities are with the community in addressing this problem.
“Research by the Malaysian Institute of Road Safety Research (Miros) showed that 23% of the road fatalities are caused by drink-driving. With a drunk-driver statistically many times more likely to cause an accident, it is not surprising that we frequently hear news of drunk-driving fatalities,” he said in a statement on Saturday.
Earlier on Saturday, Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng had said that the government is studying amending the penalty for motorists found guilty for driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs, as well as for dangerous driving, causing death, with a fine of up to RM100,000.
Lim said besides the fine, the jail sentence for the offender will be increased to 20 years from the current 10 years.
“The government is looking at amending the penalty under Section 41 (of the Road Transport Act 1987) for those who cause accidents leading to death due to driving in a drunken state,” he said.
Lim was speaking to reporters yesterday after visiting five children in a family — whose father, Khairizul Mohamad Noor, 39, died in an accident involving a motorist who was believed to have been drunk — at their family home in Jalan Mohd Saad, near Bagan Jermal in Butterworth, Penang.
He said currently, the penalty is a jail sentence of up to 10 years and fine up to RM20,000, the amendment to the law was necessary because of the high number of deaths from road accidents. — Bernama