Always keep up with the flow of traffic

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 09 February, 2002, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 09 February, 2002, 12:00am

I refer to the letter by John Wong headlined 'Frightening experience' (South China Morning Post, February 1), about motorists ignoring revised speed limits (from 70km/h to 50km/h) on the Island Eastern Corridor.

Mr Wong said he was 'petrified', as all types of vehicles 'fly by on either side of me tooting their horns. Other vehicles flash their headlights in my rear-view mirror.'

I commend him on having a rear-view mirror adjusted so he can see things behind him. Many drivers do not. However, if cars behind were flashing him it was probably because they were signalling to him to get into the nearside lane. There are highway signs which read 'Keep left unless overtaking.'

Although I do not condone speeding on public roads, even the ones where the speed limits posted are obviously wrong, I do, however, believe that keeping up with the traffic flow is safer than making your vehicle a 'mobile chicane' that other vehicles have to swerve around.

Mr Wong should keep up with the flow of traffic or stay off the highways.


Kam Tin