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Scooting into danger

May 19, 2014 - 1:05am

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TNP PHOTO: Benjamin Lim

If you are from a country where motorists give way to pedestrians, don’t assume this will be the case in Singapore too, said a sociologist.

Two weeks ago, a toddler was almost hit by two vehicles after dashing across Bedok North Road and his parents was criticised. A parent later wrote to The New Paper, sharing her concerns about kids riding skate scooters unsupervised.

TNP then visited Holland Village and Lorong Chuan to observe children on bicycles and skate scooters. In two hours at Lorong Chuan, we saw at least
10 children on these two-wheelers, but most were accompanied by adults as they crossed the road.

Associate Professor Tan Ern Ser of the National University of Singapore said that expatriate parents might seem more liberal with their children in terms of road safety because they come from countries with roads that are more pedestrian friendly. And they may assume that Singapore roads are just as friendly.

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