Ridicu­lous to in­crease high­way speed

New Straits Times - - Letters -

THE move to raise the speed limit to 130kph on our high­ways by the Works Min­istry is pre­pos­ter­ous.

Hope­fully the Road Safety De­part­ment (RTD) and the Malaysian In­sti­tute of Road Safety Re­search will re­ject this pro­posal.

We lose an av­er­age of 18 lives daily due to road ac­ci­dents with a fa­tal crash on our high­ways every other day.

Road ac­ci­dents are the big­gest killers in our coun­try.

Our high­ways, with dou­ble and tre­ble lanes, are the most ideal places for mo­torists to test their car’s speed lim­its and their driv­ing prow­ess.

The big bik­ers, who zoom on our high­ways at break­neck speed, are tes­ti­mony of this speed cul­ture.

The max­i­mum speed limit per­mit­ted on our high­ways is cur­rently 110kph.

And yet we see cars zoom­ing at 160kph and be­yond on the fast lane.

If the speed limit is raised to 130kph, mo­torists will speed be­yond the speedome­ter scale and this would cre­ate higher risks of an ac­ci­dent.

Ev­ery­one knows that there are 3 fac­tors be­hind road ac­ci­dents: THE hu­man fac­tor;

THE ve­hi­cle fac­tor; and,

THE road fac­tor.

All the three can be in their per­fect state or con­di­tion and yet ac­ci­dents can take place.

Speed­ing is the sin­gle fac­tor that causes in­nu­mer­able ac­ci­dents on our roads.

On one hand, we are blessed to have one of the best high­ways in the re­gion but we have also turned them into “killing fields” be­cause of the third-class men­tal­ity of our mo­torists who throw cau­tion to the wind.

First-class cars in the hands of third-class men­tal­ity driv­ers on our qual­ity high­ways is a recipe for dis­as­ter.

The man­gled rem­nants of ve­hi­cles in­volved in col­li­sions re­veal the speed of the crash im­pact.

Some of the ve­hi­cles are dam­aged be­yond recog­ni­tion and res­cue work­ers have the daunt­ing task of ex­tri­cat­ing vic­tims trapped in the ve­hi­cles.

The many ac­ci­dents in­volv­ing ex­press buses, lor­ries, cars and

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