Road safety

Road safety awareness crucial to avoiding tragedies, says Dr Wee

PASIR GUDANG: Working together to promote road safety awareness and advocacy is key to avoiding unwanted tragedies, including those involving illegal racing, says Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong.

The Minister for Transport said the incident on Friday April 22 involving three teenagers who were killed in a road accident while illegally racing was a sad tragedy.

“We are saddened by the news and we must take the tragedy as a lesson for all. It is better to take preventive measures than to discuss later why such an incident happened.

“Education and advocacy are vital steps we all need to take to prevent this from happening again. This does not just rest on the shoulder of government, but also on parents and society as a whole,” said he said, adding that the ministry would not compromise on road safety.

He added that the Road Safety Board should look for an effective way to educate this audience.

Dr Wee said this after handing over boxes of Hari Raya biscuits to 15 seafarers at the port of Johor here on Sunday April 24.

He also said law enforcement is another important measure that must be taken seriously to prevent such incidents.

“Enforcement is not done by the ministry alone, the police have also been given the power to take severe action under the Road Transport Act.

“The existing laws that we have are sufficient and the important thing is to make sure they work through their application,” he said.

Three teenagers were killed while another was seriously injured during a race on their motorbikes at Jalan Delima, Taman Kota Masai here.

Superintendent Mohd Sohaimi Ishak of Seri Alam OCPD said initial investigations showed the incident happened while they were competing with each other.

“The motorbikes rubbed together, causing the accident. Three victims were thrown to the left side of the road and another to the right,” he said.