Road bullies a 'road courtesy issue'
Ignore road bullies and try not to provoke them, experts advised motorists.
Singapore Road Safety Council vice-chairman Gopinath Menon said the problem with road bullies is "more a road courtesy issue" rather than one about road safety.
Prof Menon, an adjunct associate professor at Nanyang Technological University, added: "Don't look at the road bullies and avoid eye contact.
"If they come out of their vehicles to confront you and you feel threatened, wind up your windows, lock your doors, note down the licence plate number and call the police."
Lawyer Louis Joseph of Regent Law said: "If a road bully drives in a manner that can endanger others, he or she can be hauled in for reckless driving.
"And if the road bully steps outside and threatens you with physical harm, he or she can be charged with criminal intimidation."
He added that in-vehicle cameras can be helpful in such cases.
Victims can submit the recorded footage to the authorities to help them in their investigations.
"Cameras don't lie," he said.
When The New Paper spoke to two taxi drivers who have seen their fair share of road bullies, they said they would just ignore such people.
Mr Lim Song Huat, 68, who has been a cabby for 25 years, said that he would only alert the police if the bully assaults him or damages his vehicle.
Mr Lian Quek Kien, 48, who has been driving a taxi for seven years, said he could lose his licence if he were to get into a scuffle with the bully.
"Of course, I get angry when other people show me obscene signs. But I ignore them. I don't want to spoil my rice bowl," he said.
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