Singapore witnessed lowest Road Death during the Year 2017, as Per the Record there is a Significant Drop by 17% from Past Year.
BankBazaar Singapore – December 27, 2017
Singapore: Singapore has recorded one of the sharpest drops in road fatalities for the first 10 months in 2017. The number of road deaths, during the period in question, is down to a record low of 97 as against 117 last year, registering a 17% decline year-on-year (y-o-y).
At this rate, this year is set to see the lowest road fatalities among the last 37 years for which data is available. Most experts concurred with the general view that a visible effort on the part of the government to raise awareness among the drivers and road users in Singapore was responsible for the positive results. Experts have been further encouraged by the fact that road injuries are also down by 10% from January to October 2017 in comparison to the same period last year.
It’s worth noting that the figure of 97 so far this year stands in stark contrast to the figures in the early part of the 1980s when anywhere between 200 and 350 road fatalities would be recorded each year.
Singapore Government Efforts Identified as Primary Reason for the Success
Experts in the know of the recent developments have identified three factors for the decline in road casualties. They are – road campaigns that urge the motorists and the pedestrians to be more cautious and considerate, campaigns and efforts that aim to change the mindset of the locals and make them feel more responsible on the roads and finally the increased use of cameras on the road to detect overspeeding.
Overspeeding being seen as one of the major contributors to road accidents every year, some experts felt that widespread installation of cameras at important junctions and roads are acting as important deterrents. Heavy penalties in Singapore for breaking rules mean that motorists are more careful about the speed limits at different stretches in the city-state.
In May 2016, the police had pledged to install high-speed laser cameras at 44 of the most risk-prone zones in the city. These cameras captured videos and images with better resolution even in the low light, thereby detecting speed transgressions with greater accuracy.
The awareness campaigns too have played their part as consciousness regarding road safety has risen significantly. The “Use Your RoadSense” movement started and administered by the traffic police of Singapore has seen successful in engaging the motorists and pedestrians alike since its launch in 2015.
Efforts to Continue
As reported by the Strait Times, Bernand Tay, chairman of the Singapore Road Safety Council, believes that despite progressive reduction in the number of road casualties over the past few years, efforts must be continued. He felt that driving schools needed to make safety of the elderly a part of their curriculum to make their students aware of their special needs.
Silver Zones to be Expanded to 50 by 2023
Silver Zones with narrower lanes, rumble strips and gentle curves, are believed to have made a difference, also. The government plans to expand them from the current 15 to 50 by 2023.