Errant motorcyclists and motorists feel that their actions are “legal” so long as they are not booked. When they feel that they can get away with minor traffic offences, they may be encouraged to commit crimes like snatch thefts.

I REFER to Dr Tan Eng Bee’s letter on road safety (“Reckless motorcyclists tolerated for too long” — NST, Jan 27).

The Transport Ministry and police conduct road safety campaigns throughout the year, especially during festivals. However, road accidents continue to be reported.

According to Dr Tan, based on 2016 statistics, out of 7,152 fatalities, 4,482 were caused by motorcyclists. They are “kings” of the road, having no care for road users, especially pedestrians.

Many motorcyclists ride without helmets, disregard no-entry or one-way road signs, ride past red traffic lights and park their motorcycles as they please, blocking the paths of road users.

There are many more offences committed by them. They seem to escape the eyes of police. It is time to bring back policemen on foot patrol.

Seeing motorcycles being parked haphazardly, other motorists follow suit, parking cars along yellow lines, bus stops and near junctions, thus blocking other motorists of their view. This is a formula for disaster.

Errant motorcyclists and motorists feel that their actions are “legal” so long as they are not booked. When they feel that they can get away with minor traffic offences, they may be encouraged to commit crimes like snatch thefts.

The police and other enforcement agencies should enforce the laws strictly and consistently. Only then citizens and immigrants would respect the laws.

ZUBIR ALI

Kelana Jaya, Selangor

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