Hong Kong police on traffic duty better protected by reflective vests
I refer to comments by the Hong Kong police commissioner, Stephen Lo Wai-chung, on risks facing “Asia’s finest” (“Safety plea to drivers after officer is killed”, March 22).
Lo’s comments followed the death of a senior constable after he was hit by a truck in Hung Hom. The officer had been “packing his gear and [was] about to leave” after dealing with a separate traffic incident.
That was just a week after two officers were injured when a drunk man snatched a gun from one of them and fired three shots.
I believe such incidents highlight the need for a review of safety measures for officers, especially traffic police.
Many drivers these days are careless, and may be talking or messaging on the phone. Therefore, officers on traffic or carriageway duty, or responding to accidents, must wear high-visibility jackets at all times.
Responsible driving should be the goal, but reflective vests or jackets could perhaps help avert tragedy.
Angel Lee, Kwai Chung