Ridiculous to increase highway speed
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