DETAILED PROCEDURES

PUBLISHED : Monday, 30 December, 2002, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 30 December, 2002, 12:00am

A number of your correspondents have commented on flashing lights on police motorcycles.


The use of flashing lights on police motorbikes is authorised by law. Section 7(2) of the Road Traffic (Traffic Control) Regulations says that a beacon showing an intermittent blue light may be used by police on or near a road, either separately or in combination with, any other traffic sign to warn drivers to take special care.


However, a decision of whether to display a flashing beacon rests with the police officer riding the motorcycle, depending on the circumstances at the scene.


There are detailed procedures setting out guidelines for police mobile patrol officers concerning stopping vehicles safely on the road.


In specific circumstances where your readers may feel police officers were at fault, we would be grateful if they would contact the Traffic Branch Headquarters and provide further details so we can follow up the case. Letters should be addressed to - Chief Superintendent/Traffic, Police Headquarters, Arsenal Street, Hong Kong.


FAN SIK-MING


for Commissioner of Police