Remind everyone to cross the road safely. Better be safe and late, rather than injured or even dead.

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Compared to other cities in the region, Singapore is a relatively safe country to cross the roads. Our roads are brightly lit and roads clearly marked .We have strict driving regulations and a good supply of pedestrian crossings to help you get to the other side of the road safely.

Even so, one traffic accident is still one too many. According to the police, 152 people died in road accidents last year, down from 155 the year before. Fatal accidents also dipped to 149 from 150 in 2014 (source)

We need to remind ourselves  and our loved ones not to be complacent when crossing the road. We have all learn this in the past but I am sharing again some useful tips that you can use when crossing the road

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DO NOT DASH ACROSS THE ROAD.

Dashing to cross the roads means you have less time to look at your surroundings.  This means, you won’t even notice if there is a bright red bus just beside you until it’s too late. Always stop first. Look left and right, then left again. Walk briskly across (hold your hand up if you have to)

DO NOT USE YOUR HANDPHONE WHEN CROSSING THE ROAD

Same reason as no1. Your attention should be on your surroundings and looking out for cars. Do not not prioritize your phone over your life.

USE THE PEDESTRIAN CROSSING

Always always use the pedestrian crossings. (i.e traffic light, zebra crossing, over head bridge, underground tunnel, etc). DO NOT BE LAZY. That extra 50 meters could save your life.

Set a good example for the young ones, make it a habit. They too will cross the roads safety when they are alone (isn’t that what your objective is and why you worry so much about them in the first place?)

DO NOT ASSUME

When crossing the road using the pedestrian crossings or otherwise, never never assume that the car sees you and will slow down. Even if you have the right of way and the green man is showing – cross carefully and be aware of your surroundings. As a rule of thumb, I always assume that all vehicles on the road are out to kill me. Makes me suspicious of their speed, this in turn heightens my senses every time I cross the road.

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(Source: ST)