PENAMPANG : Sabah has not been spared the scourge of drink-driving despite the best efforts of police to keep a lid on it especially during festive seasons.
Five motorists were caught driving under the influence of alcohol in a police roadblock over the weekend.
Penampang police had mounted Ops Mabuk at several locations in the district and Putatan since last Saturday in anticipation of the Harvest Festival period, which culminated on May 30 and 31.
Its police chief DSP Mohd Haris Ibrahim said the five were found intoxicated beyond the permitted level when they were pulled over in Bundusan, adding they were later detained following a breathalyser test.
“At the same time, we also issued 21 summonses to motorists for various traffic offences,” he said, in a statement here today.
He advised road users to abide by the traffic laws, adding the police will carry out similar operations from time to time.
Recently, alcohol consumption has been a public debate issue after Islamist party PAS suggested the government halt the production and sale of alcohol until a permanent solution is found to curb drink-driving.
This followed a series of traffic incidents in the peninsula including that of a driver, believed to be drunk, who rammed into hawkers at a Ramadan bazaar in Selangor.
Transport Minister Datuk Seri Wee Ka Siong has since guaranteed the amendments to the Road Transportation Act 1987 will be finalised by the middle of next month for Cabinet’s approval.
A briefing session was to be held by the Road Transport Department concerning the amendments on June 1 with a focus on driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs.
“To drivers out there, please do not drive while drunk or under the influence of drugs. Value your lives and safety, especially of other road users. Become a responsible society for the good of all,” Wee had said in a Facebook post.