At the RoadSense Carnival, AA Singapore handed out useful tips to help people be more conscious about road hazards and PMD safety.
To raise awareness of Personal Mobility Device (PMD) safety and road hazard perception, AA Singapore quizzed the public on these issues at the RoadSense Carnival and helped to correct some of the common misconceptions as well as reminded them of the PMD regulations (see PMD dos and don’ts).
The questionnaire on PMD safety contained questions that asked respondents to identify things such as the speed limit on footpaths, and the correct way to wear a helmet. A separate questionnaire on road hazard perception had respondents thinking about potential dangers hiding within various road scenarios. Hazard perception is one of the factors influencing users’ behaviours as it affects their attitude and action on the roads.
The RoadSense Carnival was held in conjunction with the launch of the Singapore Road Safety Month (SRSM) for the first time. It was also part of the Traffic Police’s Use Your RoadSense road safety initiative, which kicked off in February 2019. The launch of the carnival, held at the Ngee Ann City Civic Plaza, on 6 July 2019 also marked the beginning of SRSM.
Jointly organised by the Traffic Police and Singapore Road Safety Council, the RoadSense Carnival aimed to encourage road users to practise responsibility and graciousness so that the roads in Singapore are not only more pleasant to use, but safer as well. Visitors to the carnival got to learn the proper way to use zebra crossings, traffic lights and overhead bridges.
“Even though traffic accident rates in Singapore have remained low, we must not be complacent, because every accident is one too many, especially when people get hurt or lives are lost,” said Mr Amrin Amin, Senior Parliamentary Secretary, Ministry of Home Affairs and Ministry of Health, who was the Guest of Honour at the launch. He added that the relevant authorities, such as the Ministry of Home Affairs and Traffic Police, have approached the road safety issue from several directions simultaneously. These go beyond just public education, and include legislative amendments, enforcement efforts and infrastructural changes.
Mr Amrin exhorted all drivers to heed the Michael Jackson hit, ‘Man in the Mirror’, which has lyrics that go, “If you want to make the world a better place, take a look at yourself and then make a change.” “Every individual’s action and behaviour can contribute to a safer and more pleasant experience on the roads,” he affirmed.
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