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.
This is part of a Traffic Police initiative to encourage motorists to practise good driving habits.
Since the “Spot the Conscientious Motorists” programme was launched in October 2013, 391 motorists have been spotted and commended by the Traffic Police for displaying good driving habits such as signalling early and giving way to other road users.
Seven drivers were commended today (Jan 8). They received petrol vouchers worth S$40 and a plush toy.
Said Mr Lim Kam Seng, a stall owner: “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.”
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.”