Need to put brakes on speeding drivers

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 15 September, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 15 September, 2009, 12:00am

The installation of seatbelts and the implementation of a speed limit on mini buses are important measures to ensure passengers' safety. But I think it's even more important to change the drivers' attitude.

Many drivers ignore speed limits, swerve to change lanes and run red lights. This endangers their passengers, whether they are wearing a seatbelt or not.

I suggest the police use undercover officers to identify those who drive recklessly or at excessive speeds. The offenders could be fined, for example.

Once drivers realise they are being watched, they will be more careful.

Andy Li, Shun Lee Catholic Secondary School

From the Editor

Thanks for your letter, Andy. Some mini bus drivers are appalling. But what is surprising is that very few people actually complain. There is something in the nature of Hongkongers that makes them put up with an awful lot of discomfort, rudeness and danger.

No one seems willing to be assertive, tell the driver to drive properly or make a complaint. The bad driving that you have pointed out should never be taken lightly. But we cannot always rely on others to do something about it. We need to take a stand for our own safety and let the bus driver know that such risk-taking is unacceptable.

Susan, Editor