Another driver arrested for driving against traffic

Police officers checking on the BMW driver who reportedly fell asleep at the wheel at a traffic junction on Saturday.
PHOTO: Facebook

A driver was arrested in Woodlands on Saturday for driving against traffic - the latest in a string of similar cases that have taken place in the past month, reported The Straits Times.

Police said they were alerted to an incident at the junction of Woodlands Avenue 1 and Woodlands Avenue 2 at 7.06am on Saturday.

It reportedly started with a driver falling asleep at the wheel.

Vehicle caught going against traffic along AYE towards Tuas

  • A driver was seen going in the wrong direction and nearly causing an accident along Ayer Rajah Expressway (AYE) towards Tuas, before Clementi Avenue 2 exit Thursday (Jan 5), at around 1.26am.
  • A clip of the incident was shared by Facebook user Danny Eng and posted on Beh Chia Lor's Facebook page.
  • In the video, the driver, whose car camera captured the incident, is unexpectedly forced to swerve out of the way for another driver going against the flow of traffic.
  • No details of the car or driver are known.

A witness, Mr Ong, told Lianhe Wanbao that a BMW was parked at a traffic junction on Woodlands Avenue 2. Though the light changed several times and other cars sounded their horns, the BMW did not move.

He told Wanbao he saw that the driver's eyes were closed, and he tapped on the window to try to wake him up. The driver did not respond, and Mr Ong then called the police.

When the police arrived, one of the officers knocked loudly on the car window, finally rousing the driver.

Bangkok truck goes against traffic and damages 41 vehicles

  • A six-wheel truck driver, allegedly under the influence of crystal methamphetamine, was nabbed near Sukhumvit Soi 63 in Bangkok's Wattana district for causing a 41-vehicle collision on December 21, 2016.
  • The suspect, who was fleeing after crashing into a policeman's motorcycle, went on to hit 10 other vehicles and then caused a pile-up of 28 vehicles in a 5-kilometre stretch of Sukhumvit Soi 63.
  • The incident also caused severe traffic jams.
  • Upon hearing of the accidents at 1pm, police rushed to scene to find 26 cars and two motorcycles hit by the truck from the middle to the mouth of the soi, where the truck was parked after having run out of petrol.
  • The truck driver, identified as Ekkaphot Yossiri, 27, reportedly fled towards Ekamai Skytrain Station on foot, where he was surrounded by some 20 people who had given chase.

Startled, the driver stepped on the accelerator and drove onto the wrong side of the road.

Mr Ong said that a police officer tried to stop the car by blocking it and was nearly hit. The car finally stopped and police said a 29-year-old man was arrested for suspected drink driving.

"I admire her (the police officer's) courage, but I want to tell her to put her own safety first, as her family will be worried," said Mr Ong.

The Traffic Police received reports of seven cases of driving against traffic between Dec 28 and Jan 7.


This article was first published on Jan 16, 2017.
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