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Traffic and road safety in Hong Kong

Hong Kong traffic laws are too vague and lenient, so bad drivers keep driving

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 13 May, 2018, 10:17am
UPDATED : Sunday, 13 May, 2018, 10:16am

In your article “Police crack down on people who use phones while driving” (May 2), the police admit that the law “is vague about having multiple smartphones on the dashboard”.

Looking at the bigger picture of road safety, Hong Kong’s traffic laws are too vague to ensure poor drivers are duly punished and deterred from repeating their mistakes.

Take my experience in reporting a driver for illegally changing lanes by crossing over double solid lines. The whole process took eight months and the driver was finally prosecuted for careless driving and fined a paltry HK$450.

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This “slap on the wrist” is the reason why there are so many offenders and repeat offenders on Hong Kong’s roads. The law is too vague and too lenient to be ineffective in correcting the behaviour of poor drivers.

Sadly, only when people are killed in major accidents will amending traffic laws be seriously considered. Such reactive procedures by the authorities demonstrate why improvements to our traffic laws are slow and behind the times.

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Changing lanes to undertake and tailgating are genuine causes of road rage (“Fist fight erupts on busy Hong Kong highway as truck and Mercedes-Benz bump”, April 22) and fatalities, and these acts of dangerous driving need to be addressed urgently with tougher traffic laws.

Will Lai, Western