Friday, September 01, 2006
posted by PabloPabla at 10:29 am

A picture is worth more than a thousand words. What about a video?

Is this part of our future generation? A generation with clear disregard of traffic rules? No safety helmets worn and riding on one wheel with the pillion rider in a standing position? Are they meant to be glorified with the latest tag (Mat Rempit Mat Cemerlang) as if it is something really cool?

Let me tell you this.

As an advocate and solicitor who deals with a lot of road accident cases (also known as "runners"), I have seen much cases of tragedy, pain and suffering. Motorists especially motorcyclists with broken limbs and even smashed up faces come to Court with a gloomy outlook hoping for some compensation from the Insurers of the vehicles which collided into them. Specialist medical reports state that the claimants have residual disabilities which are permanent and these may include inability to squat, walking with a limp, unable to run, unable to lift weights, etc. Family members sobbed when they think about their loved ones who were involved in fatal accidents.

I have been informed on many occasions by my client motorists that these motorcyclists were riding at a "blinding" speed and sometimes without helmets. Some motorcyclists just slam into the rear of motorcars because they were weaving in and out of traffic without realising that the vehicle in front of them had stopped. And have you not seen motorcyclists tailing behind large vehicles (such as lorries) as if they were hitching a ride? These motorcyclists are asking for trouble!

However, thrills take precedence in most cases just like the video above.

What irks me the most is when it is blatantly clear that the motorcyclists are at fault but yet, they chose to try their luck to get some compensation from the other vehicle's Insurer by filing their case in Court. The Insurer has no choice but to appoint solicitors to defend the action and by doing so, incur unnecessary costs. The Insured will have his NCB forfeited. Millions of ringgit are paid out in insurance compensation annually.

It is not as if we do not have the rules and laws regarding road transport. What is lacking is CONSISTENT enforcement of the laws and rules. The Police and JPJ Department MUST conduct more REGULAR checks on these traffic offenders. Issue summonses and go after the offenders to ensure that the summonses are paid. If the government is serious enough to tackle the rising number of accidents per year, the government must come down hard on traffic offenders on a consistent basis.

I still remember many years back, there was a ruling that motorcyclists must wear safety helmets which has a reflector running across the helmets. Police mounted road blocks to ensure that the motorcyclists complied with the ruling. It worked for a while.




At 1:40 am, Blogger Wingz

eh no more mat rempit ledi laaa not they call mat cemerlang !!! LMAO!!!


At 9:31 am, Blogger Wuching

u gotta admit, they're pretty good!


At 8:53 am, Blogger PabloPabla

wingz : So called Mat Cemerlang. Should call them Mat Aksiden instead.

wuching : Stupid is more like it. Whatever happened to safety first? But then again, safety first is not a priority here.


At 11:03 am, Anonymous Laksa

they'll never learn till they get hurt - on the other hand, perhaps they're trying to audition for stuntman roles in the local film imdustry...kahkahkah


At 10:20 am, Blogger PabloPabla

laksa : Too many stuntmen / stuntwomen for the tiny weeny local film industry. That's why have to masuk internet to get global exposure :P