Then can and do set up roadblocks - I was stopped 3 times in my last 2 years in the UK either as passenger or driver. They were VERY thorough one time in a van on the M6, checking if the goods we were carrying were stolen, checking for red diesel, license, tax, insurance, whether we were claiming unemployment benefits, the works. Oh, and they’re actually real, serious roadblocks and not just two guys with lights flashing located conveniently just beyond an intersection.
I guess the difference is respect, and respect only works when someone is worthy. I know people who wouldn’t dream of driving without a license in the UK but happily do so in Taiwan. And I’ve had some bad experiences with police in the UK but I have to admit the beat police do a stand-up job. I remember calling the police from my mobile when a fight broke out once and they had my location and brought up the nearby CCTV cameras before I even said anything. Squad car was there within 90 seconds and broke it up before anyone got seriously hurt. Another time I was arrested for trying to break into my own office - didn’t appreciate it at the time but I felt safe to think the police actually did their job sometimes. I can’t say I like the British police but I respect them.
Sadly, I wouldn’t trust the Taiwanese police to piss on me if I was on fire. In the UK, if I thought I might be in danger and a police officer showed up I would instinctively feel safe. How many people here feel safe in the presence of a Taiwanese policeman?
One thing I would hope to see change in Taiwan is the ‘not my fault’ / ‘not my problem’ thinking. I nearly crashed into a woman with no lights at night a few weeks back and politely warned her that she might cause an accident unless she had it fixed. She spat in my face. That says it all.
[quote=“Big Fluffy Matthew”][quote=“Truant”]With the amount of crazy, selfish driving going on here, there is a ideal opportunity to run something similar and really make a difference, I just wonder why they dont?[/quote]They worked in the UK too, changing drink driving from “You can drink that much and still drive ? what a man !” to “You stupid ****”. UK deaths are less than Taiwan, despite having 3 times the population, and the UK is hardly a teetotal culture.
The police actually taking an interest in stopping it helped too (They’re not allowed to set up road blocks)[/quote]