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Published: 08 Feb 2018 05:50PM (Singapore)
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Five Things to Know About Road Safety in 2017
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2017 registered a decline in road traffic accidents, including fatal, drink-driving and speeding related accidents, according to the Traffic Police’s (TP) Annual Road Traffic Situation report. The TP also unveiled new road safety education initiatives in the form of simulators for learner motorists.
 
By Jaiesh Sachi
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Singapore’s roads saw a decrease in road traffic accidents in 2017 compared to 2016, according to the TP’s Annual Road Traffic Situation 2017. This drop covers fatal accidents as well as accidents related to drink-driving, speeding and running red-lights. Here are five things to note about road safety last year.

1. The overall number of road accidents has fallen.

The number of fatal road accidents fell to 118 cases in 2017, from 140 cases in 2016, while the number of fatalities decreased to 122 in 2017 from 141 in 2016.

Speeding-related accidents also dropped to 762 accidents in 2017 from 1,087 accidents in 2016.. Drink-driving-related accidents also fell by 2.7%, from 147 accidents in 2016 to 143 accidents in 2017.

To maintain this trend, the TP will continue using its range of enforcement cameras to discourage and detect offences.

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2. Elderly pedestrians are at risk, particularly when jaywalking.

One area of concern in 2017 was an increase of over 20% in the number of accidents involving elderly pedestrians who jaywalked. Worryingly, half of all fatal accidents involving elderly pedestrians in 2017 was caused by jaywalking.

To minimise such accidents, the TP will continue to educate senior citizens on the dangers of jaywalking. Meanwhile, motorists should slow down and watch for elderly pedestrians, even when they have the right of way.

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3. More than half of all traffic accidents involve motorcyclists.

Also of concern was that accidents involving motorcyclists continued to account for more than half of all traffic accidents, and almost 36% of all traffic fatalities.

To combat this trend, the TP will continue using its road safety talks to stress the importance of wearing safe riding attire and riding safely on the roads. Tough action will also be taken against errant motorcyclists.

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4. Using technology to foster road safety.

To foster good driving and riding behaviour, simulation training will be introduced for learner motorists. The ComfortDelGro Driving Centre hosted its first simulation training trial for Class 2B, 2A, 3 and 3A learner motorists on 1 February 2018.

“The simulation training is very immersive,” said Mr Ronald Koh, 33, one of the first motorists to test the new simulation training system. “I was able to try out driving in wet weather conditions and experience the dangers of driving while intoxicated. It’s a good way for new drivers to better prepare themselves for driving on the road.”

Further trials will be held at the Singapore Safety Driving Centre and Bukit Batok Driving Centre, with plans for simulation training to be made compulsory for all learner motorists by 2019.

5. Current drivers will be able to stay up-to-date too.

Motorists who have accumulated half of the maximum allowable demerit points without a suspension can choose to attend the Safe Driving Course (SDC) to improve their driving habits. The SDC’s practical component has been revised to 50 minutes and motorists who have complete the SDC will have four demerit points expunged from their driving records.

The TP’s Online Learning Portal will also be updated to include information on new traffic policies, educational videos and road safety tips.

For more on the TP’s 2017 Annual road Situation 2017 statistics, visit this page.
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