SEPANG: Police are looking at subjecting parents or guardians to punishment for cases involving deaths of underage motorcyclists.
Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar said between Jan 1 and March 31 this year, 13 primary school students and 296 secondary school students died in road accidents involving motorcycles.
These numbers are alarming compared to the fatalities involving 37 primary school students and 253 secondary students in 2014, he said.
Khalid said under a new measure, parents or guardians of underage motorcyclists will be subject to punishment under the Child Act 2001 and not just the Road Transport Act 1987.
“We (The police) view this matter seriously and will take stern action against family members or guardians who allow underaged kids to ride motorcycles, whether to school or for leisure.
“We shall [NOT We will] no longer accept excuses that the kids are riding the motorcycle without their knowledge as it is their responsibility to limit the kids’ access to the machines,” he said at function at KLIA2.
Police issued 46,392 traffic summonses to motorcyclists below the age of 16 last year (in 2014).
Up to March 31 this year, 5,499 summonses had already been issued to underage motorcyclists for various traffic-related offences.
“We shall discuss with the A-G’s chambers about possibly implementing these amendments,” he said, adding that a large-scale operation is ongoing to clamp down on traffic offences.
[Source : The Star Online]