PUBLISHED : Sunday, 12 March, 2000, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 12 March, 2000, 12:00am

Are the police in Hong Kong really serious about improving the standard of driving here? My contention is that they are not.

The police here concentrate almost exclusively on speeding offences, to the exclusion of a more serious problem.

That problem is the nearly non-existent use of turn indicators. The police are as guilty of lack of use of turn indicators as are the driving public in general.

Why do the police concentrate on speeding offences? The reason is obvious. With a minimal effort numerous speeders can be ticketed before the drivers are aware of the police presence and slow down.

The drivers get tickets that they have little or no chance of contesting successfully in court.

The same amount of effort spent enforcing the proper use of turn indicators may result in only one or two drivers being caught before everyone notes the police presence and momentarily behaves.

Speed traps falsely inflate statistics.

Because so many drivers are caught speeding the police can use the statistics to indicate their effectiveness and hence justification of this concentration of resources.

If drivers here were trained in the proper use of turn indicators the result would be fewer accidents and smoother traffic flow.