Tougher laws needed to deal with hit and run cases

Written by: MT Reader | 13 Feb 2018 09:00
If they do not surrender within 24 hours, impose harsher punishments, says reader.
Written by:
13 Feb 2018 09:00

In the past week itself, I have read at least three hit and run cases in the country.

In two of those cases, the victims died.

Of that two, one involved a young man who was hit by a vehicle in Puchong and left to die on the roadside.

The driver, who apparently was driving a lorry, sped off after stopping momentarily.

The distraught family is now appealing to the public who may have witnessed the fatal crash or for any information on CCTV footage in the said area.

The first two cases, meanwhile involved a toddler who was knocked down in Serdang, Selangor while the other case involved a worker on the second Penang bridge who died en route to hospital after being mowed down with his colleague.

In all these three cases, the driver sped off.

No remorse, no guilt, not even compassion for the people who they had just knocked down.

Okay, so maybe they are afraid of mob justice.

But until today, there is nothing reported about the people behind these hit and run cases surrendering themselves.

I will tell how I feel about these hit and run cowards who do not even have the decency to give themselves up.

They are scums of the earth and have no business driving on the road and endangering others.

If they are too scared to help, the victims, then head to the nearest police station and report the accident.

That’s the least they can do.

Stop being cowards and face the consequences.

Why is why I would like to suggest our lawmakers to enact tougher laws and punishments for hit and run drivers.

Enact the law in such a way that those who do not surrender themselves in 24 hours will face harsher penalties, including jail term, the cane and a driving ban of up to 10 years, if not a lifetime.

Let the 24-hour surrender be a mitigating factor in sentencing.

More importantly, it will also teach them to be responsible for their own mistakes.

In other words, you made your bed, now lie in it.

John Rajah
Kuala Lumpur



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