Do not be alarmed the next time you get pulled over by a traffic policeman – you might just get a prize for being a conscientious motorist.
As part of a Traffic Police program to encourage good driving habits among drivers, the “Spot the Conscientious Motorists” initiative was started in Oct 2013. Since its inception. 391 drivers or bikers have been spotted by the traffic police for their good driving skills and courtesy to other motorists.
For the seven lucky motorists who were selected on 8 January 2015 yesterday, they received S$40 worth of petrol vouchers and a soft toy.
One of the good drivers Mr Lim Kam Seng said: “I was stopped by the traffic police. I was wondering why since I haven’t done anything wrong, but he said it was because I let him go; so there were no accidents. He said he wanted to commend, not summon me”.
Surprisingly, even a taxi driver managed to make the cut after he gave way to two pedestrians and a cyclist. For that he received freebies from the traffic police.
So the next time you get pulled over by a traffic policeman, calm your nerves if you did not do anything wrong for you might just get a prize for being a conscientious motorist.
Mr Toh Teck Hui, a taxi driver, shared his sentiments: “When the traffic police stopped me I got a shock and I was wondering what happened. Earlier, there were two pedestrians crossing and then suddenly someone riding a bicycle as well, and I let them go. Then the traffic policeman stopped me. He said I had a good spirit.”