Cops record statement from man who drove Savvy against traffic near Gambang


KUANTAN: Police have recorded a statement from the senior citizen who drove his car against the flow of traffic along the East Coast Highway near Gambang on Thursday.

The 81-year-old, who was travelling alone during heavy rain, was seen driving his Proton Savvy on the wrong side of the dual-carriage highway at KM234 near the Kuantan Toll Plaza about 4.45pm.

Motorists who almost crashed into the car which was travelling on the speed lane had alerted the highway authorities before a police patrol vehicle stopped the man.

State Traffic Enforcement and Investigation Department chief Superintendent Mohd Noor Yusof Ali said police have recorded the driver's statement and the man, from Sungai Lembing, was later released.

"We have questioned him over his action and he has been told to be present in court on Nov 27. We are still looking into the case," he said.

He said the case is being investigated under Section 42 (1) of the Road Transport Act 1987 for reckless and dangerous driving.

If found guilty, the driver could face a jail term of not more than five years, or a fine of between RM5,000 and RM15,000.

On Friday, a video footage of a car going against traffic along the East Coast Highway went viral after it was recorded by a dashboard camera from a car which almost crashed into the oncoming vehicle. © New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd