800 cyclists summoned each year: well done, Traffic Police?
I read with amusement in the state-controlled media (ranked bottom for press freedom by Reporters Without Borders) that 800 cyclists each year were summoned in the past three years.
Amusement turned to hilarity when I read what the DPM and Home Affairs Minister had to say: “the Traffic Police takes a strong view against cyclists who flout traffic rules…”
Traffic Police? What Traffic Police? I’m a driver too, and I’ve come to the sad conclusion that the Traffic Police is practically non-existent in sunny Singapore. That’s why drivers here have become rude, aggressive and reckless because there is little enforcement of traffic rules.
Instead of going after impecunious pensioners, senior citizens and foreign workers, the Traffic Police should expend their energies in enforcing traffic rules on our roads and expressways. Focus on your core duties,as they always stress in the corporate world.
I’ve been cycling for the last 20 years, and thank God, I’ve not been summoned. Yes, I cycle on the pavement all the time so I can’t help feeling like a fugitive or some sort of criminal sometimes.
But a police summon is far better than being killed on the road!
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