Wednesday, February 14, 2007

MORE PICS – 3 Killed in HONDA ACCORD – Head-On Collision with SUZUKI JEEP at Km70 Jalan KUALA LIPIS-GUA MUSANG; TWO Injured warded Gua Musang Hospital

At last the IGP has come to terms and accept that “most accidents as the result of deliberate human actions” (see below) and the ignorant Transport Minister should also realize this and stop DREAMING For ZERO Fatalities Target by 2020. He should qualify that as “ALL accidents” The Transport Minister seems interested ONLY to collect the Maximum fines in an OPS SIKAP. Earlier (see below) he announced the new fine rates for offences which he classified as “serious” and using watch towers, spies and Shoot, Send and Win" contest.

All his ideas from his Ministry are ill conceived and had to make U-turns. How can you overcome and avoid deaths? No one "dies" before his or her time. The choice , manner and time of death are always yours When the soul is ready to release the body, when it has accomplished what it came here to do, it moves on. NO one can stop this natural process even with incentives.

In the first place, we shouldn't call most unintentional injuries "accidents." as being practiced in the States. To do so implies that they are random occurrences that could not have been foreseen or prevented. Unintentional injuries (the preferred term) can be prevented, or at least made less likely by better road engineering, safer vehicles, lower speed limits, and abstention from drinking and driving. These improvements and others have led to continuing decreases in US death rates from all types of motor vehicle crashes, with one exception: those involving motorcyclists.

Deaths on motorcycles have increased 54% since 1997. Per mile traveled, the number of deaths on motorcycles is more than 25 times greater than that in cars. Much of this difference is due to the unique vulnerability of motorcycle riders because of motorcyclists' lack of visibility to other drivers. In a study, motorcyclists wearing any reflective or fluorescent clothing had a 37% lower risk of being involved in a crash than those not wearing such clothing. If the driver's helmet was reported to be white or light colored, the risk was 19% less. And use of daytime headlights was associated with a 27% decreased risk.

= = == = = = == = = =When we are enlightened we see things from a higher stand point from a higher intelligence. We see nothing happens by ACCIDENT or due to our own doing. Either we are victims in an unfeeling, unsensing, dumb, chaotic universe, and everything is the result of chance or accident; or we are masters of our fate. There is no in-between. Whenever you feel yourself powerless, then you think accidents just happen and that you have no control over them. The only answer is to realize that you form physical events, individually and en mass; you form the physical reality that you know. You make your own reality, or you do not. And if you do not, then you are everywhere a victim, and the universe must be an accidental mechanism appearing with no reason. So that the miraculous picture you have seen of your body came accidentally into creation, and out of some cosmic accident attained its miraculous complexity. And that body was formed so beautifully for no reason except to be a victim.

That is the only other alternative to forming your own reality. You cannot have a universe in between. You have a universe formed WITH a reason, or a universe formed WITHOUT a reason. And in a universe of reason, there are no victims and no CHANCE. Everything has a reason or nothing has a reason. So, choose your side! If you accept the possibility of the slightest, smallest, most insignificant accident, then indeed you belief a universe in which accidents are not the exception but the rule.

Once you accept, you see, that idea, then if you follow your thought completely enough, you must accept the idea of a random accidental universe, in which you are at the mercy of any accident, in which mind or purpose have little meaning, in which you are at the mercy of all random happenings. You are not an accident and when we leave it was no accident either. Your birth was no mistake or mishap, and your life is no fluke of nature

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February 12, 2007 22:31 PM

NSTP Journalists Seriously Injured In Crash That Killed Three Others

MERAPOH, Feb 12 (Bernama) -- A journalist couple from the New Straits Time Press (NSTP) were seriously injured in an accident that killed three others at KM 70 Jalan Kuala Lipis-Gua Musang, here Monday.

ABOVE: The scene of the accident, a sharp bend with double line and BELOW: the ambulance and tow-truck arrived and readied for action

Kuala Lipis district police chief, Supt Shakaruddin Che Mud said the accident happened when the jeep driven by NSTP photo-journalist Haris Fazillah Ibrahim, 33, and his Berita Harian journalist wife Mona Ahmad,33, collided with a car that veered into their path. "The couple were returning to Kota Baharu from Kuala Lumpur when their Suzuki jeep collided into a Honda Accord at Kampung Chegar Perah, here at 5.30pm," he told Bernama.

ABOVE & BELOW: the wreckage of the head-on collision between the Jeep & Honda Accord

The driver of the Honda Accord, Mohd Suhaimi Che Othman,22, his friend Mohd Suhaimi Ismail, both from Gua Musang were killed on the spot while another passenger, Ahmad Najmi Saari, 26, who suffered serious injuries died in the Gua Musang Hospital.

ABOVE and BELOW: The injured couple at the Gua Musang Hospital

Shakaruddin said the injured were sent to the Gua Musang Hospital while the bodies of the two killed instantly were sent to Kuala Lipis Hospital.

Mona suffered a broken left arm and a broken left thigh while Haris Fazillah had injuries to the head, left eye and left shoulder. He added the accident occurred when the Honda Accord driven by Mohd Suhaimi veered into the right lane and collided head-on with the Suzuki jeep driven by Haris Fazillah. The couple was returning from a holiday in Kajang, Selangor and were scheduled to start work Tuesday.

ABOVE & BELOW: Further details of the wreckages

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IGP: Many accidents self-inflicted; 13 Feb 2007; NST

KUALA LUMPUR: Don’t rubbish our efforts to keep the roads safe. This was the plea of Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Musa Hassan yesterday, as he urged motorists not to place themselves in danger through their carelessness. Describing most accidents as the result of deliberate human actions, he said many were "self-inflicting" tragedies on themselves. "Why are you endangering your own lives and that of other road users through your actions on the road?" he asked. Musa was dismayed by the behaviour of errant motorists who were undermining efforts by the police to keep the roads safe for Malaysians. He was commenting on the 25 deaths, among them 17 motorcyclists, out of 921 accidents nationwide on Sunday, the first day of Ops Sikap XII.

This was a drastic increase over the 14 deaths in 825 accidents recorded during Ops Sikap X over the same Gong Xi Fa Cai period last year. A frustrated Musa said police had repeatedly advised motorists not to become another statistic during festive periods. Of the 25 deaths, four were on expressways, five on federal roads, seven on state roads, eight on municipal roads and one on other roads. Federal Traffic chief Senior Assistant Commissioner II Datuk Nooryah Md Anvar said the statistics were worrying. "The behaviour of inconsiderate road users is appalling. Don’t they think of their families, relatives and friends before they act?" Nooryah said some motorists gave the impression that the authorities were out to "victimise" them. "Actually, we are attempting to safeguard and protect them by enforcing traffic rules and regulations. We are not out to punish them without cause." Meanwhile, several lawyers protested the Road Safety Department’s cash offer to the public for photographs of motorists allegedly committing offences.

Transport Minister Datuk Seri Chan Kong Choy had announced RM150, RM100 and RM50 as the three top prizes daily. "This can endanger the lives of motorists who attempt to use their mobile phones to photograph offenders. Such efforts should be out of social responsibility rather than seeking rewards," said Bar Council president Yeo Yang Poh.Yeo urged the department to reconsider its offer in view of public safety and the legalities involved. Malaysian Syariah Lawyers Association president Zainul Rijal Abu Bakar said the move could give rise to abuse. "The authenticity of the photograph will be questionable. Also, one is not guilty unless proven otherwise in a court of law."

Former deputy public prosecutor Kamarul Hisham Kamaruddin said those victimised could take legal action against the Road Safety Department for posting the photographs on its website. Federation of Malaysian Consumers Association president N. Marimuthu described the incentive as a bribe. "This is encouraging people to be money-minded. This should not be the way to educate society to be honest." Prof Emeritus Datuk Dr Khoo Kay Kim suggested the department appoint station officers to record evidence at various locations.

February 13, 2007 18:43 PM

Incentives For Pictures Of Traffic Offences Withdrawn

Transport Minister Datuk Seri Chan Kong Choy

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 13 (Bernama) -- Transport Minister Datuk Seri Chan Kong Choy, Tuesday announced that the cash incentives for capturing traffic offences on camera in conjunction with the Chinese New Year festive period has been withdrawn. He said the "Shoot, Send and Win" contest organised by the Road Safety Department for the incentives would be cancelled after taking into consideration views from various quarters. "As there is the possibility of abuse for profit by some quarters, I am making the decision to stop this programme after having considered the views of various parties," he said in a statement here Tuesday. He admitted that the contest, which was supposed to run from Feb 10 to March 10, had received much criticism from various quarters.On Feb 10, Chan announced that a reward of RM150 for the best picture, RM100 (second best picture) and RM50 (third best) would be given each day during the period for helping bring traffic culprits to book.The programme was aimed at helping to bring down the high road fatality rate during the festive season.The Malaysian Syariah Lawyers Association and Bar Council had questioned the wisdom of having such a programme.Among others, it encouraged motorists to use cameras on their handphones to take pictures of traffic offenders when the action in itself (using handphone without a hands-free kit while driving) was an offence, they argued.= = == = == =

February 11, 2007 15:48 PM

Watch Towers For Federal, State And Municipal Roads To Monitor Traffic

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 11 (Bernama) -- The government is erecting 14 permanent watch towers along federal, state and municipal roads in peninsular Malaysia to monitor the traffic in `Ops Sikap 12' which starts Sunday. Transport Minister Datuk Seri Chan Kong Choy said the towers, which cost less than RM100,000 each, had been approved by the Cabinet last Wednesday and were being built by the JKR."This is the first time watch towers are being built along the federal, state and municipal roads. Previously, they were only erected along the highways, and were used for the subsequent Ops Sikap.

"The locations have been identified," he told reporters after presenting Chinese New Year angpows and goodies to some 210 elderly poor people at Wisma MCA, Selayang Branch near here, today. He said it was also hoped that the watch towers, which would be manned by policemen, would inculcate stricter self-discipline and safety among the road users, thus reducing road accidents. "From past experience we learnt that operations were more effective where enforcement was visible and strongly felt by road users. They became much more disciplined," he said. He added that enforcement had been stepped up in the federal, state and municipal roads beginning Ops Sikap 12 because most of the fatal traffic accidents in Malaysia happened on these roads. "Almost 90 percent of the fatal road accidents happened at the federal, state and municipal roads. That's why we are giving special attention to these roads and are reducing its speed limit from 90kph to 80kph during the festive season," he said. Ops Sikap 12 will end on Feb 25.
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RM300 compound for major traffic offences and NO APPEAL allowed

01 Feb 2007; Minderjeet Kaur; NST

Some fines raised, others cut ‘to reduce corruption’.

PUTRAJAYA: After months of haggling, the police and the Road Transport Department have finally agreed on a common list of traffic offences that carry automatic RM300 fines. Offences such as speeding, overtaking on double lines, infringing on the emergency lane and beating traffic lights will incur the maximum compound.

Unlike previously, appeals for reductions will not be allowed.

Transport Minister Datuk Seri Chan Kong Choy said these offences directly contributed to fatalities and accidents. "Offences which can cause serious accidents or fatalities will be slapped with the maximum compound," he said after the ministry’s post-Cabinet meeting here yesterday. Enforcement of the new regulation starts on Feb 15. The decision was made four months after the Transport Ministry and the police began discussions on the amount of fines for traffic offenders. Last September, the ministry was unhappy with the police for discounting fines between 50 and 70 per cent for traffic offences. The move was intended to encourage offenders to settle summonses and discourage bribery. But Chan slammed the police, saying the cut in fines would send a wrong signal to hardcore traffic offenders.

The decision on the penalties, he said, was made by the Cabinet after taking into account the socio-economic factors applying to motorcyclists and motorists. Some of the fines for minor offences have been slashed by RM100. "This is to reduce corruption in the force. Some of the fines have been increased especially on major road offences such as speeding," he said. Chan said the stern move not to entertain appeals for major traffic offences was based on the determination to reduce accidents and fatalities.

There are now four deaths for every 10,000 vehicles a year and the ministry plans to reduce this to two deaths per 10,000 vehicles by 2010. The ministry is also going all out to achieve its zero fatalities target by 2020. At present, there are about 6,000 fatalities yearly. Chan said the offences and the amount of fines were divided into four categories.

The first category covers offences that directly contribute to fatalities such as speeding and beating traffic lights. Taxi drivers who do not use meters or refuse to pick up passengers to certain destinations also come under this category. Offenders will be fined RM300.

Carrying fines of about RM200, the second category of offences includes overloading, blocking traffic flow, using handphones while driving, illegal U-turns, tinted windscreens and excessive emissions, among others. Previously, the fine was RM300. The third involves minor offences such as expired road tax and no road tax, no commercial driving licence, parking at bus stops and no helmets, among others. Such offenders will be fined RM80 to RM100.

Furthermore, he said the discussion between both parties had also led to uniformity in the amount of fines for 188 offences. "We have identified that there are some weaknesses. Take a speeding express bus, as an example. Police usually summon the bus driver for RM120 while the RTD summons is RM300," he said.= = = == =

January 31, 2007 22:39 PM

New Traffic Fine Rates From Feb 15

PUTRAJAYA, Jan 31 (Bernama) -- The government has streamlined all traffic fines and will enforce them from Feb 15. Transport Minister Datuk Seri Chan Kong Choy said the new rates would be deterrent enough to repeat offenders and eliminate opportunities for them to bribe their way out. Speaking to reporters after the ministry's post-Cabinet meeting here today, he said the government had classified the fines into three categories, namely for direct offences, indirect violations and technical infringements. Of 188 types of traffic violations, 23 have been classified under the first category where the fine for each offence is fixed at RM300.

Enforcement personnel can use their discretion for 40 offences under the second category and 125 under the third category. The fine for offences under the second category is between RM200 and RM300 while the third category below RM200. Chan said fines issued before Feb 15 must be paid at the old rates.


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