It’s nervewracking to be pulled over by a traffic enforcer, even when you know you did nothing wrong. The norm in the Philippines is for drivers to become immediately defensive when this happens, for whatever reason that may be. Ila Cruz-Lucmayon was in for a pleasant surprise when this same scenario happened to her while driving through Bonifacio Global City.
In a post on Facebook she shares:
Not going to lie, I was getting ready to argue when the traffic enforcers pulled me over this morning. But, look! They actually stopped me cause I get a prize for following the rules :)
Yay for positive reinforcement and thank you Bonifacio Global City! This was a nice monday surprise <3
Not going to lie, I was getting ready to argue when the traffic enforcers pulled me over this morning. But, look! They…
We reached out to Ila to find out more about this story. She explains that she was at the corner of 2nd and 31st street when she was unexpectedly flagged down. She had just paused at the stoplight before crossing 31st street when the traffic enforcers called her attention and she admits that she was immediately defensive.
When they approached she asked, “Ano po problema, sir?” [Is there a problem, sir?]. The officer had a dramatic pause before replying to create a build-up, and he said: “Ma’am, kasi nag-stop ka po sa stoplight, tapos pinadaan mo yung pedestrians.. at dahil dyan may prize ka for following the rules!” [Ma’am, you stopped at the stoplight and let the pedestrians cross… and because of that you have a prize for following the rules!]. At the same time, he pulled out a chocolate bar to give Ila.
She admits she went from “battle-ready” to “happy” very quickly. It’s great to see traffic initiatives trying out positive reinforcement on motorists while still keeping a close eye on applying road rules.
What do you think of this gimmick? Does following road rules need an incentive?