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Traffic safety in Malaysia


Traffic safety in Malaysia

Drunk driving is a serious offense and breathalyzer tests by the police are common. You should not offer bribes at all - if found guilty you can be sentenced up to 20 years in jail! Malaysian enforcement officers tend to arrest you on the spot if you offer bribes, and you will be placed in a lock-up over night to be charged for the offence in the morning. If this happens on a Friday or on eve of public holidays, you will find yourself spending a few nights in the lock-up as the courts are only open Monday - Friday. Do not let this dissuade you from requesting help - generally Malaysian police are helpful to tourists.You should just accept whatever traffic summons you are being issued. When on foot, be careful when crossing the street. Vehicles will often ignore pedestrian (zebra) crossings but most Malaysian motorist have learned to respect the pedestrians. However, reports of road bullying during accidents is still common so if you are involved in an accident be very careful when negotiating or dial 999 for help.

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