Need for soft power on our roads cannot be compromised

The writer says enforcement and deterrent measures alone are not enough to deter inconsiderate drivers.
The writer says enforcement and deterrent measures alone are not enough to deter inconsiderate drivers.ST PHOTO: DESMOND WEE

Your editorial advocating the need for greater soft power on the roads hit the nail on the head ("The gracious road to safety"; last Sunday).

The hard power of enforcement and deterrent measures alone is not enough to deter inconsiderate drivers on our roads.

The plethora of bad practices on the road ranges from motorists' refusal to signal to tailgating to road hogging.

The solution lies in the home and classroom because these places are where the seeds of good behaviour and citizenship are planted, nurtured and cultivated.

Our driving schools and traffic authorities must also ensure that they enforce the highest standards of compliance with the highway code and driving practices.

In developed places such as Japan and Taiwan , society has evolved in such a way that there is always an emphasis on respect for others, polite behaviour and graciousness.

The people also have a civic and moral duty to report recalcitrant motorists to the authorities.

V. Subramaniam (Dr)

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 30, 2017, with the headline 'Need for soft power on our roads cannot be compromised'. Print Edition | Subscribe