PETALING JAYA – New Year’s Eve partygoers are looking forward to a fun night but they should not neglect their responsibilities while on the road.
Malaysian Institute of Road Safety Research (Miros) chairman Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye (pic) said it is common to hear of drink-driving incidents during festive seasons.
“New Year’s Eve is a time people tend to celebrate with gusto, and when there is the excitement of partying late into the night, many will consume alcohol.
“There is nothing wrong with that since that is an individual’s preference but Miros has been consistent in advising revellers that they should not drive if they are under the influence,” he said.
According to Home Ministry statistics between 2010 and 2015, a total of 1,035 road accidents were recorded due to the influence of alcohol, which resulted in 618 deaths.
Lee urged those who planned to drink to think of ways to get home instead of driving.
“If they want to drink, then they should prepare a different mode of transportation in advance. There are many rideshare applications they can book ahead of time, so there will be no reason to drive.
“If they are going out as a group, they can even ask one of their friends who is not drinking to be the designated driver,” he said.
The operating hours of Light Rail Transit (LRT), the monorail, Mass Rapid Transit (MRT), Rapid Transit Bus (BRT) and Rapid KL Bus services to some stations will be extended until 2am on Monday to accommodate commuters out celebrating.
Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is an offence under the Road Transport Act 1987, and in the event of death or injury to others, the driver can be charged under Section 44 (1), which carries between three and 10 years’ jail term and a fine of between RM8,000 and RM20,000.
In March this year, a 19-year-old part-time model, who was allegedly drunk and high on drugs, drove against traffic on the North-South Expressway in Bukit Mertajam and crashed her car, killing one motorist and damaging five vehicles. – The Star Online