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Rising number of motorcyclists killed cause for concern

May 8, 2014 - 12:57am

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PHOTO: Shin Min Daily News

When yet another accident involving a motorcycle here ends in a fatality, alarm bells start to ring.

Why so many? And why so often?

Yesterday, a man riding a Malaysia-registered motorcycle was killed along the Pan-Island Expressway (PIE) towards Changi, just before the Thomson Road exit.

Last year, 3,726 people were hurt or killed in accidents involving motorcycles. Of that, 72 died.

And in the first two months of the year, 23 motorcyclists and pillion riders were killed in traffic accidents. This figure is higher than the number of fatalities in the same two-month period of the last two years — 15 last year and 19 in 2012.

But it is not just motorcycles. Fatalities from accidents involving heavy vehicles rose from 32 in 2012 to 44 last year.

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