The Straits Times
Published on Dec 22, 2012

Worry about speeding, not hidden cameras


MOTORISTS generally behave well on the road if there are speed cameras, red light cameras and Traffic Police officers present. Hence, it is right for the Traffic Police to hide speed cameras as an added deterrent ("Wrong to hide speed cameras from motorists" by Mr Emmanuel Daniel; Thursday).

In the KPE tunnel, motorists tend to speed along the stretches they know are not covered by speed cameras and slow down as they approach the cameras.

Like it or not, many motorists are imbued with an attitude that it is all right to break the law as long as they do not get caught. This is exactly why hidden cameras are needed to catch these minority offenders off guard, for the sake of public safety.

Mr Daniel should not worry about hidden cameras. Instead, he should continue to drive safely within the legal speed limit.

It is also inaccurate to compare Singapore with other countries with exposed cameras due to the differences in demographics, car population, traffic accident statistics and driving habits.

Francis Cheng