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Dangerous driving exposed online

SCARY SITUATION: One of the videos on Singapore Reckless Drivers' Facebook page shows a black sedan sideswiping a red hatchback, causing the latter to almost flip over, on the Central Expressway.


    Jan 22, 2014

    Dangerous driving exposed online

    WHEN graphic designer Marc Lee was flung off his motorcycle after hitting a rock on the road in 2012, vehicles just zipped by and pedestrians walked past as he lay there.

    Shocked that people could be so nonchalant towards road safety, the 30-year-old set up a website to document examples of reckless driving.

    The online community Singapore Reckless Drivers (SRD), which has 19,000 likes on Facebook, posts daily updates of videos sent in by the public.

    Recalling his accident, Mr Lee said he did not call for an ambulance as his injuries were not too serious.

    He was losing faith in humanity as he lay on the road with cuts and other wounds on his left arm and leg, when a fellow biker stopped and stayed with him for the next hour before his friends arrived to take him to a clinic.

    "He was a really nice guy. I knew that his act of graciousness should be shown to everyone," he said.

    So he started using a camcorder mounted on his helmet to capture action on the roads.

    But it was not easy for Mr Lee to get the attention of netizens when he began uploading his videos on YouTube.

    The bachelor, who admits to an obsession with cars and motorcycles, felt he needed a better platform to attract a wider audience.

    He gathered four friends from his army days and opened a Facebook community page, calling it SRD.

    "Our aim is to show how reckless driving or riding can cause mishaps," Mr Lee said.

    One of his friends, Mr Shawn Yup, 31, jumped at Mr Lee's proposal because Mr Yup's friend was a hit-and-run victim.

    Mr Yup, a sales manager in a food and beverage company, said victims of hit-and-run accidents could appeal for witnesses through their online community.

    Mr Yup and his friend managed to catch the culprit in the hit-and-run, thanks to footage caught on an in-vehicle camera and uploaded on SRD.

    Mr Yup now handles the uploading of videos and looks out for traffic updates. He receives at least two clips daily, and more than 100 have been uploaded.

    "It is important for us to be aware of drivers who may pose a danger on the road and, possibly, to our lives," he said.

    "SRD is a platform where people can share their experiences of such drivers, which can act as warnings for other users as well."