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Stop gawking at road accidents, D-G tells motorists

Postby admin » Tue Sep 28, 2010 3:13 am

JOHOR BARU: Stop slowing down or stopping to gawk at road accidents as it not only causes traffic congestion but also puts the driver at risk of being involved in an accident himself.

Road Safety Department director-general Datuk Suret Singh said: “It is a very high-risk behaviour as the driver is not concentrating on the traffic in front.

“If such a driver is following too closely behind another vehicle, it may compromise his ability to stop safely should the driver in front apply the emergency brakes.”

Accidents often occurred because drivers let curiousity get the better of them when they saw any accident, he told The Star yesterday.

Suret said it was also common for drivers to park their vehicles along the emergency lane and watch from a distance.

“This act is also dangerous as the emergency lane is meant for emergency and ambulance services during an accident.

“It is uncivil to block this lane,” he said, adding that accidents also often occurred due to abuse of the emergency lane.

Suret said that slowing down and gawking at accidents would impede traffic flow, thus leading to congestion.

“Being stuck in traffic because of such drivers can lead to irritation and force drivers into indiscriminate lane changes,” he added.

Suret said road safety must be a way of life for it to work.

“It must be reflected in the daily acts of each road user, especially not gawking at accidents,” he said.

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