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Hong Kong police crackdown on careless drivers fails road test

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 17 April, 2018, 3:00pm
UPDATED : Tuesday, 17 April, 2018, 3:00pm

It would appear that Martin Cadman, chief superintendent of the police’s traffic branch, isn’t very clear at getting his message across to his subordinates (“‘Every uniformed officer’ to join Hong Kong police crackdown on careless driving”, March 29).

As reported by you, Cadman said that “this operation will be conducted not just by traffic police officers, but by all uniformed police officers throughout Hong Kong. They will do it on foot and in vehicles. They will use personal observation and traffic enforcement equipment.” 

On the morning of April 16, while waiting at the lights to cross Jackson Road, I observed five police officers on the opposite side. As the lights on Chater Road turned red, two vehicles drove through, turning right onto Jackson Road. It was clear to every other person as we had to wait, despite the green walk light being on.

The group of five police officers, who could not have failed to see the offence, did nothing. I stopped the senior officer and asked why, he initially feigned ignorance and then admitted it was “not their job”.

Mark Peaker, The Peak