Land Transport Authority Reforms Traffic Junctions, As 3 Motoring Accidents In A Week Have Netizens Demanding Change

Recently, there has been a regrettable spate of motoring accidents that have claimed lives and sparked furores of public discussion about the way traffic junctions currently work.

Aside from the wasted lives, another undercurrent of similarity running through these accidents are their location; all three accidents occurred at a traffic junction.

To help towards preventing further tragedies, LTA announced on Thursday (26 Apr) that they will install red-amber-green arrows across “as many as possible” of the 1,600 traffic junctions in the country.

The changes to come

With the arrows, motorists have to wait for the arrow to turn green before making a right turn.

However, not every right-turn traffic junction in the country boasts this system.

Where the red-amber-green arrows cannot be implemented, LTA will look into other measures.

Examples include turning pockets, lighted road studs, integrated pedestrian countdown timers, dashed pedestrian crossing lines and ‘Give Way to Pedestrian’ signs.

So far, the arrows are in place at 200 junctions.

Junctions deemed “accident-prone” will be prioritised for upgrades.

Making a change

The primary driving force behind LTA’s rededication to installing the arrows is probably an online movement calling for something to be done.

A petition calling for LTA to review its safety rules has attracted a staggering 16,000 signatories in just five days.

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In the wake of mounting pressure backed by an outpouring of grief, netizens argued that widened roads have been a contributing factor to accidents.

A wider field of vision for drivers to take note of can lead to impaired judgement and misreading of situations.

The petition also called for LTA to reconsider discretionary turning, where motorists are free to turn at a time of their choosing during a green light.

A precedent writ in blood

This may be a morbid thought, but tragic incidents are unparalleled when it comes to influencing sweeping policy changes.

Take the Great Fire of New York in 1835, which saw citizens banding together and replacing destroyed wooden buildings with comparatively more flameproof stone and brick ones.

Or something that struck closer to home — the Nicoll Highway collapse, which occurred exactly 14 years ago last Friday (20 Apr).

These accidents taught us valuable lessons about the importance of reading the signs and having a strong safety culture.

We can only hope that the recent cluster of accidents are the last for a long time.

Preferably forever.

Featured image from Land Transport Authority.