A glaring lack of enforcement of existing laws

FIRST, it was the alarming number of motorcyclists riding on highways when they should be on their own designated lanes. The reason, as we found out, was because the lanes were badly maintained, posed a danger to the users, and some motorcyclists simply didn’t like the longer route.

Next, we sounded the alarm after a “freak” accident in Jalan Lapangan Terbang Subang, when a boom crane fell off a trailer onto a car and crushed a restaurant worker to death and severely injured his employer.

Finally, when looking into the death of a 21-year-old UitM student from leptospirosis, which is caused by rat urine, we found out there has been a shocking 85.5% increase in cases last year compared to 2010.

All three issues were unrelated except by one thing: a glaring lack of enforcement of existing laws and regulations.

In the first, Malaysian Institute of Road Safety Research (Miros) said studies showed that road fatalities could be reduced by 30% if motorcyclists are separated from the main road.

However, Miros director-general Dr Wong Shaw Voon also noted that the lanes were often poorly built and maintained making it hazardous for the users.

So because of that, although under Section 79(2) of the Road Transport Act, motorcyclists are required to use the lanes at all times, Selangor traffic police chief Deputy Supt Azmi Mansor said they usually did not take action against those flouting the law.

The Star says.

Read more @ http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2013/6/5/nation/13192097&sec=nation

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