Brunei's radio channels have been broadcasting "safe driving" messages at frequent intervals with some DJs mentioning about the Demerit Points System, which is commendable.
The recent road accident statistics show a marked decline in road fatalities and a drop in road accidents, which could be attributed to such messages.
But nothing has changed at the Kiulap roundabout. More cars maybe queuing up on the correct lanes but the number of cars that take to the far left to catch the outer lane in the roundabout has not decreased.
Why do authorities have to wait till cameras are fixed to give demerit points to errant drivers?
Once a week, if the traffic police catch and fine on the spot drivers who illegally use the outer lane in the roundabout, everything will be alright and there will be discipline.
What is troubling to see is that the errant drivers are tempting other motorists who are waiting in line to take a left to exit the queue and follow the wrong way.
Nothing works like a stiff fine. When they fork out money it will haunt them and they will not do the same mistake again.
A case in point is the set up of speed cameras close to Damuan Park along Jalan Tutong. There was a time when every second or third day speed cameras were set up and speeding motorists were caught. I too was caught on one occasion and settled the fine.
It unsettled the motorists and everyone fell in line and strictly followed the speed limit. Even today but for a speeding car or two, all cars slow down before a particular point and continue in that speed until they cross the Istana Nurul Iman.
The Demerit Points System seems to have run into some technical problems according to your recent report.
I wish the authorities concerned would iron out the issues and get the system running efficiently when it's time for its implementation.
The system is the last resort for Brunei to bring some errant motorists to book. It's only a few bad apples. Once they are plucked out of the system, it will be smooth sailing.