Malaysian roads are death traps.
Every year, the number of accidents creeps up to higher levels. In 2007, there were 363,319 accidents and the number rose to 449,040 in 2011.
The article shown in the picture below also states that human error was to blame in 85.74% of the cases.
A few weeks or months ago, the Automatic Enforcement System or AES, which is nothing more than speed trap cameras by a fancy name, has been installed on the highways in Malaysia.
As usual, when traffic is concerned, the public is enraged. Okay, some say that this system is nothing else but enriching some groups, but let’s stick this aside.
Let’s take a look at the situation on the streets.
Drive anytime on the road of Malaysia and you can see that many cars exceed the speed limits. Not just a bit, but by a wide margin.
Not only that, some drivers believe the highway is nothing more than a computer game that can be restarted in case of a major accident. Drivers cut into lanes in the smallest of gaps, hoping that the space left is sufficient. They swerve from left to right, overtaking apparently without any thought about a sudden reaction of the car that they overtake (I assume that there are no thoughts, otherwise, it would be more frightening!)
There is not one day of a week that I don’t see an accident. And it is not always the small scratches. Oftentimes, the cars are smashed beyond recognition, and I am really, really happy, when I see the driver next to the car.
Driving slower is not causing traffic jams. Traffic jams are actually caused by erratic drivers that cause others to suddenly break to react for them, which ultimately causes a chain reaction.
Now I believe (and I know I stick my head out) that there finally is a system that could reduce accidents.
But of course, the Malaysian driver is unhappy. Their joy of venting their frustration and anger through speed is taken away.
So, there is this headline that says that “speed limit may be revised upwards.”
Doesn’t this imply that the AES is only a gimmick not intented to reduce speed?
Doesn’t it also mean that finally, drivers are allowed to die on the street within the speed limit. Then, they cannot be blamed anymore for having caused the death of others due to speeding, because, hey – now it is allowed to drive even faster.
My personal 2 cents worth for the discussion.