Many indications of bad driving

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 04 August, 1998, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 04 August, 1998, 12:00am

I refer to the article 'Accident black spots 'neglected' ' (South China Morning Post, July 27).

Most private cars - and I assume commercial vehicles as well - have a small lever attached to the steering column which, if pushed either up or down, indicates the direction in which the driver plans to turn.

Little orange lights on the corner of the vehicle give other drivers and pedestrians the splendid advantage of anticipation as they go about their business. Why is this little lever so under-used in Hong Kong? Why are drivers allowed to 'barge' at pedestrians in the hope that they will be able to get out of the way in time? Why do so many drivers execute left turns with both hands at the 'twenty-five to seven' position, and right turns with both hands at the 'twenty-five past five' position, thereby disengaging themselves from any meaningful control of their front wheels? Is there some law enforcement procedure that could be invoked? Does Hong Kong ever have 'traffic blitzes' which target areas of concern? NAME AND ADDRESS SUPPLIED