THE move by the Cabinet to reduce the speed limit during Deepavali and Hari Raya as a way to prevent accidents is laudable.
The Cabinet should also ponder other “downstream” activities arising from the issuing of traffic summonses.
When stopped by the traffic police for speeding, motorists tend to accept the summonses and pay the fines in due course.
Even righteous drivers will pay the fines should the instrument used to record the speed be faulty (writing from personal experience). Challenging the summons is more costly than the compound itself.
However, a few will turn to offering bribes.
To prevent graft, our legislators could perhaps allow those issued summonses to appear in the court closest to one’s residential address, bearing in mind that one is innocent till proven otherwise.
Such a move will have other benefits.
People will update the address on their ICs, and the police will be more cautious in issuing summonses if they have to appear in the court nearest to the offender’s residence.
If the Banking and Financial Institutions Act 1989 could be amended to require all white-collar crimes to be conducted in Kuala Lumpur regardless of where they were committed, amendments to the traffic rules should be made for the offender to appear nearest his residence.
Currently, the police are helpless beyond issuing summonses.
There is a need for them to be able to block the renewal of driving licence and road tax if their enforcement is to be effective. They need to tie up their enforcement with the Road Transport Department.
DR P.L. NARAYANAN,
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