More haste needed in probing hit-and-run incidents

The driver who was involved in a hit-and-run accident in Johor that killed a Singaporean was identified quickly and immediately arrested (KL to file complaint with S'pore over JB crash case; Sept 3). Kudos to the Malaysian police for their fast action.

More should be done here in Singapore for hit-and-run cases, even if no injury is involved.

Although motorists in Singapore who are involved in an accident have to take reasonable steps to provide their particulars to the owner of the damaged vehicle, there is no impetus for them to do so, especially if no one is around to ask for it.

Even with the penalty of a maximum fine of $3,000 or 12 months in jail for first-time offenders, some will take the risk and attempt to flee from the scene.

When my stationary vehicle was rammed by another car last month, the other driver drove off despite attempts by others to stop him.

Fortunately, I had his licence plate number, and a witness had stepped forward.

I reported the incident. But when I asked for an update from the Traffic Police two weeks later, I found that the investigating officer had not even interviewed the witness.

By then, the witness would have forgotten the details, or any evidence could have been tampered with.

I was told that investigation would take about three months.

Time is of the essence in instances like this and a three-month wait is too long.

We need all the help we can get to catch hit-and-run drivers, and early investigation would help. If not, drivers like these would just get bolder, thinking they can get away with it.

Dave Yap

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