Yesterday (January 3, 2023) at around 4:30 pm, a 41-year-old truck driver was arrested after colliding with two vehicles in reverse on KM5.5 of Linkaidu Expressway. The incident was recorded in a video that has since gone viral on social media.
According to Iskandar Puteri Police Chief Assistant Commissioner Rahmad Ariffin, the lorry driver was found drunk (alcohol) and the case is being investigated under Section 44(1) of the Road Transport Act 1987. .
The van driver did not test positive for the drug after a urine test, nor did he have any previous records. If convicted, he faces 10 to 15 years in jail and a fine of RM5,000 to RM100,000.
“Preliminary investigations revealed that the accident occurred while the lorry driver was on his way from Kulai to Port Tanjung Parabas (PTP). In the southbound Gelang Patah R&R area, he missed turning to PTP,” Rahmat said in a statement. said the statement.
“The truck driver then drove against the current and re-entered the PTP intersection before hitting two vehicles. The truck driver was arrested and was found to have been under the influence of alcohol at the time of the incident,” he added.
Rahmat also said the 5-ton truck crashed into a Mercedes-Benz E250 and a Nissan Almera, the latter’s 46-year-old driver was uninjured, while the 41-year-old Mercedes – The driver of the Mercedes suffered minor injuries and is being taken to Sultan Aminah Hospital.
Whilst the case is being investigated under section 44(1) of the Road Transport Act 198 “Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs”, it should be noted that driving in the wrong direction is also an offense under section 42 of the 2020 The Road Traffic (Amendment) Act (1) targets “reckless and dangerous driving”.
Those convicted are liable to imprisonment for not more than five years and a fine of not less than RM5,000 and not more than RM15,000. A person convicted under this section shall also be disqualified from holding or obtaining a driver’s license for a period of five years from the date of conviction. There have been many cases of drivers driving in the wrong direction in the past, some of which resulted in fatalities.
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