Near miss on KPE sparks road-safety concerns

FAST AND FURIOUS: A red car (left) and a black car (centre) were caught on camera swerving in and out of lanes and nearly colliding in a Kallang-Paya Lebar Expressway tunnel last Wednesday.


    Jul 29, 2013

    Near miss on KPE sparks road-safety concerns

    TWO cars nearly collided in a Kallang-Paya Lebar Expressway (KPE) tunnel last Wednesday afternoon, in what appeared to be either a race between the cars or a case of road rage.

    Since a video of the incident was uploaded to YouTube and on citizen-journalism website Stomp, it has sparked outrage among Singaporeans and raised concerns about road safety.

    The video, recorded from inside another vehicle, shows a red car cutting in from the left lane into the centre lane. A black car then swerves quickly from the right lane into the same lane.

    The two cars nearly collide and the black car later swings into the right lane, almost crashing into another car. The black car then accelerates and drives off, with the red car following suit.

    After exiting the tunnel, the black car can be seen trying to cut into the red car's lane a few times before the latter accelerates.

    The black car appears to give chase, crossing a chevron marking on the expressway in the process. Crossing such markings is against traffic rules.

    The time stamp on the clip shows that the incident happened around 4.40pm on the KPE, in the direction of Sengkang.

    On YouTube, it got over 40,000 hits after it was posted last Saturday. It had more than 8,000 views on Stomp since it was posted yesterday.

    Motorist and computer technician Jason Lee, 24, said the actions of the drivers "pose a serious threat and a real danger not only to themselves, but (also to) road users".

    Mr Gerard Ee, chairman of the Public Transport Council and former president of the Automobile Association of Singapore, said the incident is "clear evidence of reckless and dangerous driving", and a breach of traffic conduct. He added that he hopes the authorities will take action and mete out tough penalties.

    Police are appealing for information about the incident.

    There were 12 deaths and 987 people injured between January and May this year, including road-traffic accidents involving cars and station wagons, based on preliminary data from the Singapore Department of Statistics.

    These are higher than the seven fatalities and 890 people injured in the same period last year.