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The Government is taking seriously the issue of road safety and is committed to reducing the number of people killed in accidents. Forums are being conducted regularly to bring law-makers, law enforcement officers and road users together to discuss ways to tackle the rise in road accidents. Everyone agrees that more needs to be done on road safety in its determination to curb the ate of road accidents in the country. The Government, with the cooperation of relevant agencies, is making serious efforts to instill proper road culture in children, young adults and the public in general.

There are approximately 14 million cars on the road with the figure on the rise and the traffic police have been taking a tough stance on traffic offenders. During the first 10 months of the year, the traffic police issued 143,077 summonses to motorists for traffic light related offences. Statistics reveal that traffic light related offences are on the rise, especially in the urban areas. The traffic police, however, have taken a tough stance against traffic light defaulters by slapping hefty fines and 'awarding' demerit points to the offenders. Typical reasons cited for beating traffic lights include rushing to an urgent appointment or even worse to be completely oblivious of the changing of the lights.

If an accident results from the violation of the traffic regulations, the driver could very well find himself in court charged with dangerous driving. Usual punishments include a fine, a ban on driving for a specified time and may even be a prison sentence. Sometimes, the court may even order to pay out compensation if death occurs as a result of the accident.

One common misconception held by motorists is that when the light turns amber, they should speed up and clear the junction before the light turns red. But in fact, the amber light indicates that the motorist should slow down in order to stop. By following and understanding the guideline, unintentional traffic light beating will almost be improbable, while making the road safer for everyone else.

Sometimes, motorists are flagged down by the police because they could have committed one traffic offence or another. The most common are speeding, using the hand phone without a hands-free kit, using the emergency lane or reckless driving. If flagged down, indicate your intention by using your indicator and pull over to the side and at night switch on your cabin lights. This will allow the police officer to look into your car easily. Also, voluntarily turning on he light will show that you have nothing to hide.

Usually at road blocks, for every 10 plain-clothes police officers, there would be two uniformed police personnel manning the operation. If you are stopped by uniformed police officers while driving, stop the car and wind down your window. If the police officers ask for your documents, request to see their identifications first. you have the right to know the offence you have committed by asking the police officers. Produce your identity card and driver's license and wait to collect your summons.

If you are flagged down by persons claiming to be plain-clothes police officers, do not stop. Plain-clothes police officers do not have the authority to stop you. Drive to the nearest police station and lodge a report.

From paragraph 1 :
  1.

Give an example how the Government attempts to reduce road accidents in the country.

   

From paragraph 2 :

  2.

(a) Give one reason why motorists beat traffic lights.

(b) What action have the traffic police taken against traffic light offenders ?

    From paragraph 4 :
  3.

Give one common misconception about traffic lights.

    From paragraph 5 :
  4.

Give two examples of what a motorist should do when flagged down by a police officer ?

    From paragraph 6-7 :
  5.

(a) According to the writer, how are road blocks manned ?

(b) What should a motorist do when

  i. a police officer asked for your documents ?

  ii. a plain-clothes police officer flagged you down ?

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Answers
 

1.

The Government attempts to organize forums to discuss ways to tackle road accidents.

 

2.

(a) One reason is rushing to an urgent appointment.

(b) They slap hefty fines on the offenders besides giving them demerit points.

 

3.

Motorists think that the amber light is meant for them to speed up and clear the junction. It actually means that they have to slow down in order to stop.

 

4.

(i) Pull over to the side, using the signal light to indicate your intention.

(ii) Switch on the cabin lights.

 

5.

(a) Usually at road blocks, for every 10 plain-clothes police officers, there are tow uniformed police personnel manning the operation.

(b) i. Request the police officer to show his identifications first.

     ii. Do not stop but proceed to the nearest police station.

 
 
 
 

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