Government Considers Jailing Reckless Drivers

KUALA LUMPUR: The government is ready to consider a proposal to impose mandatory jail sentence on reckless drivers who caused deaths in road accidents, Home Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein said.
However, the task of reviewing the proposal of such punishment comes under the jurisdiction of the Attorney General, he said.
"The government can only support or consider a proposal...but anything related to law, including punishment, falls under the jurisdiction of the Attorney General's office," he said.
Hishammuddin said police only play the role of enforcement and abide by the laws available, including punishment accorded for any offence," he told reporters after visiting a Shooting Simulation System centre in Kompleks Rakan Muda, Bukit Kiara here.
He was commenting on the statement made by Road Safety Council member Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye, who called for a mandatory jail sentence to be imposed, on reckless drivers who caused death in road accidents.
Hishammuddin when visiting the centre said the simulation centre would be used by police personnel to enhance their shooting skills and efficiency in using weapons.
"Police must look at the positive contributions that the centre can offer to policemen to sharpen their shooting skills through the various training facilities available. The simulation system can at the same time reduce the cost of training because bullets will not be used," he said.
"Shooting Simulation System" or VR 3S is an integrated programme that uses computer technology to provide tactical training when carrying out shooting practice.
The system also provides laser, sensor monitor, data processing, realistic weapon control methods using audio and video technology.    -- BERNAMA


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