This is part of my month-long “Brevity is Clarity” endeavour, inspired by a friend’s Facebook post (here) which reminded me of the importance of getting points across cleanly and clearly. 160 words, 5 points, 1 issue. Check out the complete collection (here).
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1. Following a series of unfortunate accidents, activists and politicians (suddenly, everybody is a road-safety expert) have clamoured to postulate recommendations: to change rules and junction design, to increase police presence, to alter vehicle routes.
2. Are we making a mountain out of a molehill? Despite an increase in the vehicle population, the fatal and injury accident rate decreased by 8.1% (above, Singapore Police Force, 2011).
3. There is nothing significantly wrong with the status quo. Even before the aforementioned proclamations, the Land Transport Authority (LTA) has, for instance, identified the black spots, and strengthened punitive strategies. Structural road changes are not necessary.
4. While we address the rising number of traffic offences, road safety awareness should be treated with more seriousness in schools. A combination of appropriate “shock tactics” and “think about your family members” messages will do the trick.
5. I maintain it is important for non-motorist cyclists – especially those travelling on public roads – to be familiar with traffic rules and regulations (here).