KEMAMAN – Police have arrested a senior citizen who drove his red Myvi against traffic at KM140 of Jalan Kuala Terengganu-Kuantan on Wednesday (Nov 17).
Terengganu Traffic Investigation and Enforcement Department (JSPT) Chief Superintendent Ismail Man said police were alerted after receiving a report and proceeded to track down the driver.
“We managed to track down the car in the footage and arrested the suspect at his home in Pahang,” he said.
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Poor vision found to be the cause
Ismail added that the suspect, a former lorry driver, had admitted to driving the red Myvi.
However, the suspect did not know that he was in the opposite lane until a few vehicles signaled him with their headlights.
“After he realised his mistake, he quickly stopped his car by the roadside and was aided by motorists in driving the right direction.
“The suspect was also found to be suffering from vision problems after undergoing a medical examination at the Kemaman Hospital,” he said.
The case will be investigated under Section 42 (1) of the Road Transport Act 1987 for dangerous driving which carries an imprisonment of up to five years or a fine not more than RM15,000.
The suspect will also be investigated under Section 30 (4) of the Road Transport Act 1987 for posing a hazard to road users due to poor health, where his driver’s license will be revoked by the Road Transport Department throughout the investigation.
Ismail also urged drivers with health issues to do annual medical checkups to prevent endangering other motorists.
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