After reading "S. Korea steps up ‘keep right’ campaign," (article, Oct. 20, Pacific editions), I felt the need to write. It is not really a habit to break, rather defiance. In South Korea, bus drivers and taxi drivers flow through red traffic lights without stopping. Drivers switch lanes on the expressway, cutting in front of you even though they are driving slower than you are. Some pedestrians jaywalk in congested traffic.
The funniest part is that Korean National Police can be standing on the corner and watching these violations and not do anything. They either just look at it or turn their head and look the other way.
Please do not get me wrong. I am retired military. I love living here. I’m married to a Korean woman. But I was taught to respect the laws of the land.
Simply stated, most Korean drivers are lacking discipline behind the wheel. It stems from the lack of enforcement. If the police would start enforcing traffic laws instead of looking the other way, there might be an improvement in driving discipline.
Tech. Sgt. Richard N. Sherrer (retired)South Korea