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Monday, May 18, 2009

ROAD TO A SOLUTION?

This person has a point. Whether it is the pedestrian or the driver at fault, could it be that Singapore, in its 'safe-as-a-vault' environment, has made the people lax and relax, with lowered guards every time, and to raise their voice to summon the higher authorities' help when in distress? I could be generalizing, but I am also making my point here. This is my opinion, based on my observation…

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More analysis needed to the root cause of pedestrian deaths on roads.

Letter from Chen Khin Wee

I refer to "7 in 10 killed on roads were jaywalkers" (May 13). I find this baffling.

In less developed countries with relatively few pedestrian crossings and overhead bridges, the act of crossing a road is routinely performed by tens of thousands of people, including school children, with relatively few untoward incidents.

To them, it is a matter of common sense to look left, right and left again, and to cross only when the way is clear.

It would be helpful if the authorities provide details as to who the people getting killed on Singapore's roads are, and the circumstances surrounding the accidents.

Were they children who were not properly trained in road safety?

Were they young people distracted by conversation with their friends or plugged into their music players, rendering them oblivious to their surroundings?

Were they impatient office workers trying to beat the lights at signalled crossings in order to catch a train?

Were they elderly folk with failing eyesight and hearing?

Or perhaps they were those who failed to come to terms with the fact that they were no longer as agile as they used to be, and dodging traffic was not as easy as when they were younger.

We require a more sophisticated analysis to the problem to find an appropriate solution.

Imposing a fine or a blanket ban on jaywalking is an easy way out, but is unhelpful if the problem is to be solved meaningfully and effectively.

From TODAY, Voices – Thursday, 14-May-2009


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