Driving against traffic: 807 accidents (29 fatal) in Malaysia since Jan 2021

Shaun · Sep 28, 2021 03:18 PM

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Transport Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong said, at the Parliament, that there were 807 accidents involving cars driving against the flow of traffic recorded since January this year.

This was in response to Ledang Member of Parliament Syed Ibrahim Syed Noh, who requested the minister to elaborate on data involving road accidents due to driving against traffic flow.

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"From the total, 29 fatalities were recorded, 17 cases had serious injuries, 49 with minor injuries and 712 cases involving damage," he said.

According to Wee, research has shown that human factor is the main contributor to car crashes, especially those who drive above the speed limit and under influence of drugs and alcohol.

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"Based on the data we received, from January until July this year, the total number of fatal car crashes stood at 2,560 cases.

"From the total, 11 cases involving fatalities were due to the influence of alcohol and drugs," he added.

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Wee said that he has ordered the Malaysian Institute of Road Safety Research (Miros) to conduct a study, which is still ongoing, on the impact of the harsher penalties for those driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs.

"From what we have found, the mandatory jail term does serve as a deterrent.

"This is among the steps the ministry has taken to prevent fatal accidents," he said.

Cases involving wrong-way drivers:

Triton driver who drove against traffic and killed 2 teenagers may face death penalty

Nissan GT-Rs, BMW M6, Mercedes-AMG A45 drivers arrested for racing against traffic

Perodua Axia went against traffic on Federal Highway motorcycle lane

Honda Civic driven against traffic, causes 4 vehicle pile-up in Penang

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Shaun

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The quest for automotive knowledge began as soon as the earliest memories. Various sources information, even questionable ones, have been explored including video games, television, magazines, or even internet forums. Still stuck in that rabbit hole.

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