Instilling responsible driving better than installing more cameras

While the new mobile speed cameras deployed by the Traffic Police at the 44 hot spots can effectively deter people from breaking the speed limit in those areas, what about other areas where such gadgets are not installed ("Warning: Better slow down at these hot spots"; last Friday)?

Some motorists may have the notion that it is all right to speed in locations where there is no enforcement and, over time, this will result in more untoward incidents.

More accident-prone areas will then necessitate the deployment of more speed cameras, and eventually our nation state will be dotted with these devices.

Education, not punishment, is the way to go to nurture positive and good motorist behaviour, and we should drive home the message that it is the responsibility of every motorist to drive carefully and safely every time and everywhere.

It helps greatly if speed demons realise that their reckless driving may cause untold sufferings not only to themselves and their loved ones, but also to other road users. It is worse if the victim happens to be the sole breadwinner in the family.

It is a fact that gadgets, including speed laser cameras, provide only a short-term solution to speeding problems and at only strategic locations. What counts more is to instil in everyone a sense of safe and responsible driving for a lifetime.

I am heartened that many pre-schoolers nowadays are taught the paramount importance of road safety. This should be a continuing journey of learning for them to become responsible road users in their later years.

Jeffrey Law Lee Beng

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 23, 2016, with the headline 'Instilling responsible driving better than installing more cameras'. Print Edition | Subscribe