Stricter penalties for Driving Under The Influence (DUI) has gone into effect as of last Friday, after the latest series of amendments to the Road Transport Act 1987 (RTA 1987) being passed by the Dewan Rakyat on 21st October.
The new amendments, which include stricter DUI penalties if charged under Section 41 through 45 of the RTA 1987 have been implemented as a means to kerb the rising number of DUI reckless driving, which has been on the rise since the start of the year.
The Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM) reported 21 cases of drunk driving recorded from January to May of this year, eight cases involving deaths, which is a substantial spike of 23 cases recorded throughout 2019.
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According to Transport Minister Datuk Seri Ir. Dr. Wee Ka Siong – prior to the tabling of the new amendments, his department conducted multiple discussions with various government agencies (such as MIROS) and NGOs. Separately a survey of approximately 345,000 people resulted in 94 percent of responders supporting stricter DUI penalties for wrongdoers.
So you know what not to do now, so just don't drink and drive!