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Road safety in Singapore

Haque, Md. Mazharul (2011) Road safety in Singapore. In Wang, Zhenguo (Ed.) Modern Traffic Medicine. Chongging Publishing House, China, pp. 993-1002.

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      Abstract

      Singapore is a highly developed country that has a well connected island-wide road transport system including a network of expressways. The road standards of Singapore are generally good and road safety level is very high by international standards. This chapter discusses road safety status in Singapore and highlights the practices that have been undertaken to enhance the road safety. Statistics show that road traffic fatalities were decreasing over the years, albeit an increasing trend for total crashes. Motorcyclists and pedestrians were two vulnerable road user groups and shared significant proportions respectively about 49% and 28% of total road traffic deaths. In particular, young riders and pedestrians had a higher crash potential. To enhance safety of those vulnerable road users, Singapore has taken several initiatives including infrastructure improvements like paving better skid-resistant materials at crash-prone sites, providing more rain shelters for motorcyclists, and installation of reflective signs and markings near school zones; safety campaigns and awareness programs like ride safe programme, the road courtesy campaign, and the anti-drink drive campaign. While Land Transport Authority (LTA) looks into road safety through engineering solutions and road infrastructure developments, the Traffic Police of Singapore is responsible for law enforcements and regulations. A number of non-government organizations, private companies, and university research groups are also continuously working with the Traffic Police to study, promote, and educate the general public on road safety matters.

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      ID Code: 51212
      Item Type: Book Chapter
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      Keywords: Road safety, Singapore, Motorcyclists, Pedestrians, Road safety initiatives
      ISBN: 9787229039127
      Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ENGINEERING (090000) > CIVIL ENGINEERING (090500) > Transport Engineering (090507)
      Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Centre for Accident Research & Road Safety - Qld (CARRS-Q)
      Current > Schools > School of Civil Engineering & Built Environment
      Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
      Copyright Owner: Copyright 2011 Chongging Publishing House
      Deposited On: 29 Jun 2012 11:01
      Last Modified: 28 Mar 2013 18:31

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