We saw a traffic accident in Discovery Bay on Saturday evening. A golf buggy whirred by the Mui Wo ferry dock at about 8km/h and then crashed into a couple of parked buggies. One was scratched and the number plate was left dangling off the other - a potentially expensive prang. After all, these vehicles can sell for $660,000, or rent from $4,500 a month at the Kingsford agency in the Plaza. The driver and her two adult passengers weren't hurt, but on impact they lurched forward, as dummies do in a test crash, and none was wearing a seat belt. The driver said something about having tried to press the brake pedal, but the buggy hadn't stopped. We wonder who checks and regulates the roadworthiness of DB's buggies and drivers. Some of the driving we've seen in DB is abysmal. We saw a man steer a vehicle along Discovery Bay Road with two small children on his lap, and we shook our head at a woman driving to the Plaza with a baby in a horizontal car seat tied with nylon string to the buggy's front bench. If she'd hit something, the baby seat could have slid forward through the front of the vehicle. We commend the initiative of a North American couple who showed us how they use two seat belts to secure their baby's seat, but we'd prefer the peace of mind of a fitting by Hong Kong Auto-mobile Association mechanics. We're horrified that buggy seat belts seem to be so rarely used - or even fitted - with children piled in and lolling, tuk-tuk style, at the back. We wonder where the Hong Kong Police Force were last Saturday, when we saw women holding a phone with one hand and steering the buggy with the other, as children and dogs darted into Discovery Bay Road. DB's streets seem less safe than they used to be. The tunnel link (above) to the Airport Expressway has brought more vans, trucks, buses and cars to DB, yet residents - whose rents suggest they're intelligent, successful people - still pootle about, as casually as they did in the 1980s, in tiny buggies that offer little protection against, say, the crunch of a Hiace delivery van. Perhaps DB residents or developers can tell us whether the tunnel to 'the outside' makes the enclave's roads public, rendering these buggies illegal. We'd also like to know if there's truth in resident talk of buggies being driven without lights at night, unbelted passengers spilling out of carts on corners, and maids without licences driving children to the shops. DB buggy drivers seem complacent about the dangers on their doorsteps. One antipodean driver told Foot Down that a buggy's 'quite safe, topping 'about 20km/h'. But cars can kill pedestrians at even the slowest speeds. Bridget Driscoll, 44, became the world's first recorded car fatality on August 17, 1896, when she crossed the grounds of the Crystal Palace, London, and 'an automobile belonging to the Anglo-French Motor Car Company struck her at a speed witnesses described as 'a reckless pace, in fact, like a fire engine'.' Wikipedia, the online encyclopedia, says the speed was 4mph (6.4 km/h). The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents website ( www.rospa.org.uk ) also describes how the driver and front-seat passenger of a car doing 'over 25mph' were thrown out and killed on February 23, 1899. So, we call for an immediate review of road safety, licensing and buggy maintenance in DB, before somebody's baby is thrown to the tarmac. Finally, drive safely on Tuesday. We're off to the Tsing Ma Bridge, with the help of a red rose and a Sharon Cuneta CD, in the MX-5.