A 24-year-old man from Lunas, Kedah, was arrested at 5.30pm yesterday for allegedly driving an MPV against traffic flow for four kilometres.
A video clip of the man driving his gold Toyota Unser against the flow of traffic at about 3.30am went viral on social media, garnering widespread condemnation from netizens who also demanded stern action to be taken against the driver.
The footage appeared to have been recorded by either a motorcyclist or pillion rider. It showed the MPV missed hitting several oncoming vehicles as it sped down four kilometres of the highway.
It was reported that the man allegedly had run out of credit on his Touch n’ Go card and made a U-turn at the Bagan Ajam toll plaza. He then drove back against traffic on the three-lane expressway until he exited near the Sultan Abdul Halim Ferry Terminal.
Lingkaran Luar Butterworth (Penang) Sdn Bhd general manager (operations) Adnan Ariffin confirmed that CCTV footage showed the incident occurred at 3.26am yesterday.
He said his staff at the Bagan Ajam toll plaza had not seen the MPV as it never reached the toll plaza.
“The cost of the toll is RM1.20. The driver could have paid cash and the toll plaza staff would use a float card to scan the vehicle through,” Adnan was quoted as saying by The Star.
According to North Seberang Prai district police chief Asst Comm Noorzainy Mohd Noor, police received information on the man’s whereabouts and picked him up at his workplace in Seberang Jaya.
“Checks showed he was driving his employer’s car at the time.
“We have taken him in to run a urine test. The case is being investigated under Section 42(1) of Road Transport Act 1987 for dangerous driving,” Noorzainy was quoted as saying by the New Straits Times.
He also revealed that checks showed the man has no past traffic violations.
On March 14, 19-year-old part-time model Cindy Ng Pei Ven drove a Proton Gen 2 against traffic along the North-South Expressway (NSE) and caused an accident involving several vehicles. A motorist was killed and several others were injured in the incident.
On July 22, a Volkswagen Polo, driven by a man against the flow of traffic, caused a pileup involving four other vehicles at KM124.3 of the NSE, heading towards Sungai Petani.
On June 1, a man was recorded driving a Perodua Myvi against traffic at the KM34 (northbound) of the NSE near Kulai.
On June 25, a woman was captured on video driving a Perodua Kenari against traffic on the Second Link Expressway near Gelang Patah.