Supposing, just supposing if there were no traffic light system around. What will probably happen? Accidents! And more accidents. In fact, there would be “chaos”.
Failure to obey traffic lights, contravenes Section 119 (2) of the Akta Pengangkutan Jalan ’87. A RM300 fine!
Malaysian driving instructors, who like me, allow new drivers and inexperienced students to cross “Cross” junctions and “T” junctions are in fact courting danger. What these instructors should keep in mind is, use the “traffic light” where ever possible. Believe me, it’s safer.
Why are traffic light system recommended?
1) There’s a systematic flow of traffic.
2) The time to wait is proportionately adjusted.
3) Traffic from the other side will not dare to proceed, as this means “beating the traffic lights”. An offence!
4) Traffic lights are actually safer.
So to all drivers including instructors as well, it’s more advantageous and safer to use the “traffic lights” if you can.
However, there are still accidents happening at traffic lights junction. There will always be drivers who are stubborn and won’t follow rules. There are others who are impatient.
In reality, Red means “Stops”. Green indicates “Go”. What does “amber” or Yellow indicate? In case you are not aware yet, amber actually means “Stop”!.
If all drivers were to stop at Yellow, I’m rather certain, there will hardly be any accidents at traffic lights.
Sometimes, we cannot entirely put the blame on drivers themselves. Believe, me, some traffic lights appear to be a little crazy. It’s green and you’re going through and out of a sudden, it turns “Red”.
When you have crossed the White line, what are you supposed to do? You cannot very well stop suddenly!
Traffic from the back will obviously crash into you. The correct procedure in such a situation is, Follow Through!
But some policemen don’t seem to concord with this line of thought. They immediately summon us. Many drivers who are caught in similar situation such as this feel it’s time wasting going to court.
They give in and “Pay the fine”.
This morning, an Indian bus driver met me at the Driving Institute grounds. He has earlier met a friend and seeked his help to settle a traffic lights summon.
Sadly, a month had already passed by. The runner has yet to be seen or heard of. The tale it is hope will remind readers not to get into similar encounters.
Finally, to all instructors, drivers old and new alike, use the “traffic lights system” more often. Eventually, it is hoped, it will decrease the number of accidents currently taking place.
For those who have succeeded making use of friends and runners services to pay summons, good luck to you. Keep the receipts well. You’ll need them one day.
A word of reminder before we stop. At the cross junction where the traffic light is located, there’s a “Yellow box”. Stopping in this yellow box is also an offence. The fine? Another RM300.