Monday, 20 March 2017

Do something about the lack of or confusing direction and road traffic signboards!


Huh! Left or Right also Ipoh?
Do something about the lack of or confusing direction and road traffic signboards!

While the case of a 19-year-old part-time model who drove her car against the flow of traffic in Seberang Perai, Penang, has received much social media and mainstream media attention, another similar case has not received equal attention and importance.

That should not be the case because a varsity student was also killed by a BMW car travelling on the wrong side of the road.

While the case of the part-time model may have been caused by self-induced circumstances, the 23-year-old female driver of the BMW may have mistakenly entered a wrong exit tunnel at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (KLCC).

“Police have rightly classified the BMW case as reckless driving under Section 41 of the Road Transport Act 1987. There is absolutely no excuse for that to happen. You just have to be more alert and careful when manoeuvring tricky places,” Gerakan Deputy Speaker Syed Abdul Razak Alsagoff said.


He said police had also revealed that the BMW driver, also a student, underwent a urine and blood test but she tested negative for alcohol consumption after an initial test.

However, Syed Razak said, “something disturbing has popped into my mind about the BMW accident”.

“I am not finding excuses nor defending the BMW driver. But, I do find that the direction and road traffic signboards in Malaysia can be a wee bit confusing and inadequate.

“Road transport traffic dispersal professionals need to review public and private direction and road traffic signboards everywhere. Tell me you don’t find many of the direction and road traffic signboards confusing and inadequate?

“Inadequate because there may be a lack of signboards or the signboards are not located strategically to give enough warning time to motorists,” he added.

Make up your mind please! Is it one way or two ways?
Syed Razak, who is Gerakan’s nominee to contest N.37 Bukit Lanjan in the coming 14th General Election (GE14), said the police and road transport professionals should conduct a nationwide review of both private and public direction and road traffic signboards.

“This is especially urgent for congested areas in the Klang Valley. The main confusing areas are the exits (in and out) of certain shopping complexes,” he added.

Syed Razak said the local, state and federal governments should take the initiative to review and identify places where direction and road traffic signboards were confusing and inadequate.

“In private places, the owners must be compelled to take remedial action,” he added.

Here’s the details of the two cases of young female drivers who drove against the flow of traffic and causing deaths:

"Home > News > Nation

Thursday, 16 February 2017 | MYT 1:54 PM

Varsity student killed by BMW travelling on wrong side of the road

BY NATASHA JOIBI


PIX SHARED BY KUALA LUMPUR FIRE AND RESCUE DEPARTMENT
KUALA LUMPUR: A university student perished when a BMW travelling against traffic crashed into his Perodua Myvi along Jalan Tun Razak here. 

The deceased has been identified as Ahmad Alrefaee M. Azmi, 21, from Bandar Mahkota Cheras. 

Eight firefighters arrived at the scene nearby the National Library, six minutes after a distress call was received at 2.06am Thursday. 

City Traffic Investigation and Legal Affairs staff officer Deputy Supt Shafie Daud said the BMW driver had entered the opposing carriageway from the KLCC tunnel and was not able to re-enter the correct lane. 

“The driver continued travelling on the wrong lane and crashed into a white Myvi on Jalan Tun Razak nearby the library.

“The Myvi driver was killed on the spot, while the BMW driver sustained minor injuries,” he said.

DSP Shafie said that while the Myvi driver had been travelling alone, the BMW driver, who is a 23-year-old student, was carrying four passengers.

One of her passengers was lightly injured in the crash.

DSP Shafie said the investigating officer had recorded statements from the BMW driver and witnesses.

“The driver underwent a urine and blood test. She tested negative for alcohol consumption after an initial test.

“There was no closed circuit television at the scene,” DSP Shafie added. 

The case has been classified as reckless driving under Section 41 of the Road Transport Act 1987. - The Star Online

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Saturday, 18 March 2017

Teen charged with drug abuse


BY LO TERN CHERN

BUKIT MERTAJAM: Tears rolled down Ng Pei Ven’s cheeks as she was brought handcuffed into the magistrate’s court here.

The 19-year-old part-time model was clad in the same zebra-striped dress that she wore when she allegedly drove against traffic flow on the North-South Expressway (NSE) and caused an accident which led to the death of a man on Tuesday.

Her left eye remained bandaged and her right arm was in a sling when she was brought into the dock to be charged with drug abuse at about 11am yesterday.

A couple, believed to be her parents, were seen at the courthouse. They brought water for Ng.

In the courtroom, the woman handed Ng a pair of spectacles to wear.

Ng stood calmly as the court interpreter read the charge to her in Mandarin, that she is accused of having tested positive for amphetamine at the central Seberang Prai district police Narcotics Department at about 5pm on Tuesday. She pleaded not guilty.

The offence, under Section 15(1)(a) of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952, carries a maximum two-year jail sentence and RM5,000 fine.
The accused: Ng, escorted by plainclothes policewomen, arriving at the Bukit Mertajam magistrate’s court where she was charged with drug abuse. — MUSTAFA AHMAD/The Star
Prosecuting officer Asst Supt Md Azman Kadir asked magistrate Jamaliah Abd Manap to set bail at RM8,000 and suspend Ng’s driving licence because the accident had caused the death of a motorist.

Ng, who was unrepresented, pleaded for a lower bail, saying that she is not employed and does not have a source of income.

She added that her father was working in a motorcycle shop while her mother was an insurance agent. She has an elder sister who is still studying.

Jamaliah set bail at RM5,000 in two sureties and ordered Ng to report to the Central Seberang Prai police headquarters once a week.

She fixed May 12 for case mention, pending the chemist report.

The couple left the courthouse and returned later at about 4.20pm to post bail for Ng.

The family then sped off in a car, avoiding reporters and photographers on their way out.

Central Seberang Prai OCPD Asst Comm Nik Ros Azhan Nik Abdul Hamid said the four-day remand for Ng expired yesterday.

He said police had submitted the investigation papers of the accident to the Deputy Public Prosecutor for further action.

Ng is also being investigated under Section 44 of the Road Transport Act 1987 for driving under the influence of drugs and causing the death of or injury to any person.

The offence carries a jail sentence of three to 10 years and a fine of between RM8,000 and RM20,000. - The Star Online
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An image found in the internet ... Obviously a doctored image!


N.37 LET BUKIT LANJAN SOAR WITH SYED ABDUL RAZAK ALSAGOFF

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