You can’t change habits — 43% use handphones when driving or riding

Lee-Lam-Thye-phone-drivingPUTRAJAYA: A study carried out by the Malaysian Institute of Road Safety Research (Miros) has found that the majority of Malaysian drivers use their mobile phones, contributing to road accidents.

Its chairman, Lee Lam Thye, said the majority of Malaysians agreed that the use of mobile phones while driving could pose dangers to themselves and other road users but they were still doing it.

In last year’s study, carried out on 300 random responders in the Klang Valley, Miros found that 43.4% of road users were regularly using mobile phones while driving cars or riding motorcycles.

“The study also found 53.6% of drivers use mobile phones when they are caught in traffic congestion; 53% of drivers send text messages while driving at least one to three times a week and 61.7% of drivers receive or make phone calls while driving at least one to three times a week.”

Lee gave these figures after launching the 2017 Road Safety Run, jointly organised by Miros and Uber in conjunction with Miros’ 10th anniversary here today.

He also felt that despite being aware of the dangers, the respondents were still reluctant to change their attitudes, lacked discipline and were stubborn. As such, they posed a risk to other road users.

“I think enforcement by the Road Transport Department and police should be intensified to ensure drivers adhere to the laws,” he said.

46,000 summonses issued last year for using handphones while driving