A local daily reported a few days ago that 281,527 road accidents were recorded over the first six months of this year – an increase of 2.5% compared to the same period last year. That works out to an average of 1,543 accidents per day, not including cases that go unreported.

What have Malaysians become on the road?

When you think it can’t get any worse, a Facebook user uploaded terrifying images and a video over the weekend – two young teens perched on the trunk and rear windscreen of a moving Toyota Vios. If this was a movie set, the director and crew would’ve been arrested for child endangerment.

(Photos and video credit to Facebook user Chitran)

Chilling as it may be, the incident is a sad reflection of the brazen attitude seen on our roads every day. To all the so-called netizens who have been quick to condemn the action, we hope your own behaviour is impeccable when you get behind the wheel, because bad behaviour – rampant queue cutting, speeding, use of mobile phone while driving, illegal parking – fuels even more bad behaviour.

It was no coincidence that the video ended with a pick-up truck, the Vios and the teens and a motorcyclist ignoring a set of traffic lights that had already turned red.