Police should crack down on acts of bad and careless driving

PUBLISHED : Monday, 07 March, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 07 March, 2011, 12:00am

Alasdair Nicol ('Driving schools to blame for bad motorists', February 22) is absolutely correct in his condemnation of driving standards in Hong Kong. However, I would place the majority of the blame on the Transport Department and the police force.

There is much evidence of poor standards of instruction. I have often witnessed drivers under instruction without lights after dark, and in heavy rain. But the truth is that learning to drive starts, rather than ends, with passing the test; those who make little or no effort to improve will accumulate more bad habits rather than rid themselves of those acquired during instruction.

Mr Nicol refers to the Transport Department's Road Users' Code. Has anyone reading this letter tried to find a copy in a bookshop? I have, and without success.

There should be a free copy of this publication in every household and everyone, drivers, motorcyclists, cyclists and pedestrians, should be encouraged to read it and to be familiar with its contents.

There are a great many policemen patrolling our roads who should be looking for infringements.

My experience is that they only notice when inconvenienced themselves; this is not acceptable. Drivers using mobile phones and cars being driven without lights in the dark or in heavy rain are not difficult to identify. I see them all the time, why don't the police?

Driving well on the road, particularly in ice-free Hong Kong, does not require any great skill.

It does, however, demand patience and the right attitude, with attention to detail - proper use of lights and indicators; being in the correct lane; being in the correct road position for the next manoeuvre; constantly knowing what is going on all around; in other words, it requires concentration - on the driving and nothing else.

When those with the necessary authority and power start doing their jobs, then we might start believing that 'Zero accidents on the roads' really is 'Hong Kong's goal'.

Peter Robertson, Sai Kung