[Above: Bernard Tay (right), chairman of the Singapore Road Safety Council]
I could not agree more with Mr Bernard Tay, chairman of the Singapore Road Safety Council, in the article "Don't lose sight of real issues, says safety body" (my paper, May 24).
After reading so much about having separate licences for cars with different engine capacities, driving tests for non-Singaporeans driving here, and much more, I am relieved to read that there are fellow road users out there who understand what caused the fatal accident on May 12 - involving a Ferrari - at the junction of Rochor Road and Victoria Street.
It was poor road safety!
Just switch on the radio on a weekday and listen to the early-morning traffic updates - almost every day, there will be accidents reported.
And when we are on the road, we see drivers tailgating the car in front of them, or not using the turn-signal indicator when changing lanes.
These are all bad driving habits, with the culprits having absolutely no consideration for other road users.
I am sure that there are many people who understand that, even when stomping on the brakes in an emergency, a car requires some distance before it will stop.
This may seem to be common sense, but maybe not to drivers who tailgate. Perhaps these drivers think they are experienced and can react within a nanosecond?
I hate to say this to a fellow road user, but you can't beat science.
All road users should remember that, even if there are no human casualties in an accident, you may still be deprived of the use of your car, have to pay for repairs to your vehicle, and may face higher car-insurance premiums on renewal or even be denied insurance coverage.
MR ANDY TAY
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