PETALING JAYA: Only 69 cases of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs on Malaysian roads were attributed to fatal crashes between 2011 and July 2021, according to a police statistical report.
It is said to be the lowest cause of death from the thousands of fatal road accidents over the 10-year period.
According to the statistical report from the police, those involving single vehicles were the highest contributors to fatal crashes.
The police said a total of 19,570 deaths were caused by single-vehicle accidents over the period.
By definition, single-vehicle accident involves just one car, lorry, motorcycle, or other types of motor vehicle. However, the police report did not provide a breakdown based on the type of vehicles involved.
The report further showed that negligent driving while exiting or coming into a junction recorded the second-highest number of causes with 6,590.
According to the police, other road behaviour which resulted in deaths were overtaking (6,560); collisions due to not noticing a head-on obstruction such as a vehicle, object or animal (6,336); U-turns (2,570), driving against the flow of traffic (1,731); beating traffic lights (1,398); and falling asleep on the wheel (1,305).
During the same period, a total of 1,990 fatal accidents were attributed to negligence of pedestrians.