THE warning by the federal traffic chief ("RM300 fine if you don’t give way to police outriders" — NST, May 5) is an indication of arrogance and high-handedness on the part of the police.
It also smacks of refusal by the police to appreciate the rights of the public, particularly motorists, on roads and their lack of understanding of the behaviour of road-users.
Please educate police outriders and escort drivers about road courtesy and the need to communicate effectively.
This will make motorists understand what they are supposed to do when confronted with a police convoy with outriders.
Do not blame the public when a police outrider gets involved in an accident while doing escort duty.
I can vouch for other motorists that if police outriders give clear signals, motorists will respect them and give way.
Instead of zooming through with sirens blaring, the outrider should slow down and wave cars on the left to move further to the left side of the road.
Then, signal the other cars to move towards the right side, thus creating an opening in the middle for the police convoy to pass smoothly.
The police must avoid zig-zagging through traffic as this only serves to confuse motorists.
By : Y.K.H., Ampang, Selangor
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