Treating offence very seriously

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 17 March, 1999, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 17 March, 1999, 12:00am

I refer to the letter headlined, 'Crossing rules' (South China Morning Post, March 9), by SM Thong concerning drivers disregarding the law in respect of pedestrian crossings.

The police take very seriously the offence of failure to give precedence to pedestrians at crossings and indeed will continue to do so. A total of 637 and 118 drivers were prosecuted respectively for this offence in 1998 and the first two months of this year.

The police and the Transport Department have pressed and will continue to press for more road safety through road safety campaigns and activities.

Members of the public may report such an offence to any police station or the 24-hour transport complaints hotlines at 2577-6866 and 2889-9999.

FUNG KIN-MAN for Commissioner of Police