Improving road safety: 3 areas to focus on

Improving road safety: 3 areas to focus on

Last Wednesday's six-vehicle crash, which claimed a motorcyclist's life, is a sad but timely reminder of the dangers road users face ("M-cyclist killed in crash involving 6 vehicles"; last Thursday).

While I applaud and appreciate efforts by the authorities to reduce traffic accidents, more can be done to promote safety among all road users.

I suggest focusing on three areas:

First, motorcyclists tend to weave in and out of traffic to save time. An accident could easily happen if a driver were to swerve slightly.

Riding schools ought to emphasise that such behaviour is unsafe for all road users.

Second, it is common to see pedestrians using their phones while crossing the road.

More public education on the consequences of such behaviour is needed, starting with schools.

Third, filter lanes with zebra crossings should be well lit at night, so pedestrians and approaching motorists can see each other.

Besides efforts from the relevant authorities, motorists and pedestrians should take a proactive approach to making the roads safe for everyone.

Lim Lih Mei (Ms)

 

This article was published on April 16 in The Straits Times.

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