Road accidents with older pedestrians remain a major concern, despite the declining total accident figures, according to the latest figures released yesterday by the police.
Road safety experts and MPs said that more needs to be done to protect this vulnerable group of people. pedestrians, including finding innovative ways to educate seniors and reminding other road users to be more cautious.
Traffic statistics mid-year showed that the total number of accidents with older pedestrians had dropped from 4.4 percent to 130, from 136 in the same period last year.
But the number of fatal accidents involving them in the first half of 2018 remained the same as a year ago, at 11 o'clock each.
The number of older pedestrians who were injured rose slightly by 0.8. percent to 119, from 118 in the same period last year.
From January to June of this year, nearly 40 percent of all accidents involving older pedestrians were due to jaywalking . 59007] The constant figures even come when the total accident numbers fall. There were 3,905 traffic accidents that led to deaths or injuries in the first half of 2018, a decrease of 0.1 percent from 3,908 a year ago. But the number of fatalities generally fell from 5.1 percent to 56, from 59 in the first half of 2017. This has been a downward trend since 2012.
The number of accidents that injured people remained the same in the first half of the year. this year and last year, at 3,849 each.
MPs and road safety experts said that more can be done to reach and help older people.
Mr. Ang Hin Kee, vice-chairman of the parliamentary committee on Transport Government, said it is important to engage seniors in a way that interests them. "We have contacted young children to remind them that their grandparents have to tell how safe they are to be on the road." We've got keen singers and emcees to do the same, "he added.
Another committee member Ang Wei Neng said that road safety education is an ongoing process. One of his suggestions was to post prominent messages in places where elderly people gather such as coffee shops and senior activity centers. "
MacPherson MP Tin Pei Ling said older people could be more vulnerable to road accidents as they get older." It's not that they do not. know, they sometimes run jaywalks because the environment is not older enough and it is too tiring to walk extra distance.
"Some of them are also hard of hearing and less alert, so drivers must be extra cautious."
Another concern that is highlighted by the police is traffic accidents on motorcycles, with fatal accidents 12.5 percent. increased to 27 from January to June, compared with 24 a year ago.
reminding cyclists to protect themselves and to limit injuries as much as possible, the police launched a campaign yesterday at the Singapore Expo.