BUKIT MERTAJAM: A man who drove under the influence of alcohol and rear-ended a motorcycle, killing the rider and seriously injuring his pillion rider, had three speed trap summonses issued against him.
Seberang Prai Tengah district police chief Assistant Commissioner Nik Ros Azhan Nik Abdul Hamid said the summonses were issued in Butterworth, Bukit Mertajam and Slim River.
“The driver, 34, is being investigated under Section 44 of the Road Transport Act 1987 for driving under the influence of alcohol and causing death,” he told the New Straits Times.
It was reported that the accident took place at Km140.2 of the North-South Expressway (NSE), northbound, at the exit to Prai here on Sunday.
Factory worker Khairizul Mohamad Noor, 39, died, while his wife, Zuriana Hasan, 36, was rushed to Seberang Jaya Hospital (HSJ), where she was reported to be in critical condition.
The couple has five children. Photos of the accident have since gone viral.
A family member, who wanted to be identified only as Khairuddin, said the couple were on their way home to Butterworth after having dinner with the wife’s siblings.
He said Zuriana was unconscious and did not know about her husband’s death.
Nik Ros Azhan said Zuriana was receiving treatment at the hospital.
“She will be transferred to Penang Hospital for surgery related to the head injury later.”
Meanwhile, people called for action to be taken against the driver, who escaped unharmed.
One Sundram Karupiah asked why the authorities were keeping mum on the matter.
“Ban liquor and charge those who drink and drive. The delay in imposing such a penalty will cost more lives.
“My condolences to the family. It is sad that innocent lives are taken just because of these drink drivers,” he said.
Stephen Sesaiah expressed sympathy for the deceased’s family.
“It’s time for the authorities to come down hard on drink driving. There have been too many cases like this.”
Dayang Aldurrah described the incident as tragic.
“Please tighten up the law. Capital punishment should be imposed (on the offender) to teach drunkards a lesson!” she said.
Wong Yew Hon said the time had come for the government to pass new laws to penalise drink drivers through mandatory death sentence or whipping.
“Drink drivers are a threat to public safety. The authorities can no longer ignore the danger posed by them,” he said.