speeding and drink driving? is that really the case? (i have no idea, not meaning to question your credibility also, just want to make sure that this is a hard fact, because it's very important and relevant to know how/why accidents really occur)Originally posted by kennethy@Aug 27 2006, 11:35 AM
overall, the 2 major culprits of road traffic accidents in Singapore are speeding and drink driving. i believe you would have recall the many advertising about not speeding or drink drinking to bring up the awareness...
and to better put the situation into control, education alone is not sufficient and hence, tighter enforcement actions are needed. and mobile speed traps and road blocks play and important part. it is singaporean natural to only behave if someone is watching...
from personal anecdotal experience, i.e. stories from friends... most of them buang because of right of way issues (e.g. lane changes, junctions). that is the most common, although most are minor accidents of course. are right of way issues speed issues as well? i don't think so, but i have no hard data.
the second most common type is rider lose control, i.e. self-induced buang, e.g. corner too fast and go down from sand, and skidding when needing to brake hard (ok this might be a speed issue, but IMHO speed is relative to traffic, and i think absolute speed limits are not as good as self-imposed relative speed limits based on road awareness; in other words, absolute speed limits, going hand-in-hand with enforcement, can prevent rider education being an issue, but isn't it better if the rider/driver self-imposes speed limits as well? for e.g. sometimes in slow traffic, you can still see motorbikes filtering very quickly, or sometimes you see that one lane is jammed, and on the lane beside it motorcycles are still going by quickly, not realising that drivers will attempt to change lane, and might not notice them).
so maybe drink-driving and speeding aren't really the major cause of accidents, but of major accidents which involve the TP perhaps? it's true though that enforcement, rather than education is probably needed to tackle these kinds of problems.
anyway, i absolutely agree that greater enforcement is a good thing, and that enforcement seems necessary in singapore's context (because of how pple behave here), but motorist education is also very useful.
incidentally, i think speed limits need to be slightly more realistic... maybe there can be day-time limits and night-time limits. this might help to raise consciousness of how driving/riding has to be adjusted to immediate/local conditions.
also, very low speed limits create this mentality among people that it's "impossible to keep to speed limits". they end up speeding anyway, and slow down for "risky areas". at that stage, speed limits become meaningless and superfluous to those people, and what matters instead are overhead bridges, cameras, speedtraps etc.
in singapore there could be some lack of motorist's own (internal) consideration for other motorists/road conditions. i think this might be because everyone depends on the (external) law for determining "acceptable" behaviour. you end up with inconsiderate motorists, who sometimes think so long as they go by the book, they're doing the right thing. you have road hogs, and you have overtaking on the left. people think because the speed limit is 80 they can hog the road at 80 (and frustrate many other motorists). they think because the speed limit is 70, they can drive at 70 even though there's a lot of other traffic sharing the road, many junctions and intersections along the road.
that's something you can't stop with enforcement, but you can stop with education.
(sorry i realise i am rambling but i just wrote off the top of my head and i'm in a rush to go out now. hope these rambles springboard some serious content discussion which will be useful in the dialogue session, and incidentally "dialog" is american and "dialogue" british. of course, youse makes your own choices about spelling! =D )