There has been a rise in road traffic fatalities and fatal accidents from the beginning of this year until Wednesday (25 April), the Traffic Police (TP) said in a statement on Thursday.
TP recorded 36 fatal accidents which resulted in 38 deaths, or an increase of three fatal accidents (9 per cent) and four deaths (12 per cent), respectively, compared with the same period last year. The rise was due mainly to victims who were motorcyclists and vehicle passengers.
The top causes of fatal accidents since the beginning of this year were failing to keep a proper lookout, failing to have proper control of the vehicle, and pedestrians jaywalking or crossing roads without paying attention to traffic.
In the wake of the recent fatal accidents, the TP have issued a road safety notice to advise motorists and pedestrians to be more cautious. TP highlighted three fatal traffic accidents that caused the deaths of five people between 19 April and 23 April.
The accident on 19 April involved a car and a taxi at a signalised cross junction of Commonwealth Avenue West and Clementi Road. The 54-year-old taxi driver was arrested for causing death by rash act. The accident on 22 April involved a car and a bus at the signalised cross junction of Jalan Anak Bukit and Jalan Jurong Kechil. The 24-year-old car driver has been arrested for causing death by rash act. The accident on 23 April involved a lorry, a bus and three pedestrians along Ang Mo Kio Ave 6 towards Marymount Road. The 25-year-old lorry driver was arrested for causing death by dangerous driving.
Investigations in all three cases are ongoing.
Motorists need to exercise extra caution and slow down when approaching traffic junctions, said the TP. They must also keep a proper lookout for pedestrians as well as give way to pedestrians at traffic junctions, said the TP, adding that they should avoid speeding and practice safe driving habits.
The TP also urged pedestrians to use designated crossings and overhead bridges instead of jaywalking.