More kids involved in road accidents this year
TRAFFIC accidents involving children below the age of 12 rose in the first nine months of this year.
There were 179 such accidents from January to September, up from 150 in the same period last year.
"Many of these accidents are avoidable and we must do more to prevent them from happening. Awareness and public education is absolutely crucial," said Desmond Lee, Senior Minister of State for Home Affairs, yesterday.
Mr Lee was speaking at St Hilda's Primary School, where he also launched the Shell Road Safety Corner at the school in Tampines. Sponsored by Shell, the corner provides information to children and parents on good road safety practices such as identifying blind spots.
Said Mr Lee: "The Traffic Police and Singapore Road Safety Council are committed to educating our children about the dangers on the road. We will equip them with the knowledge and skills to protect themselves."
On average, 280 children are involved in traffic accidents every year. Last month, a six-year-old boy suffered injuries to his jaw and head after he was hit by a car in Henderson Road and spent two days in the paediatric intensive care unit at the National University Hospital. The kindergarten pupil had dashed across the road while chasing his friends and was knocked down by the car.
Bernard Tay, chairman of the Singapore Road Safety Council, said the rising numbers are a concern.
"There are a lot of heavy vehicles on the road and these huge vehicles have a lot of blind spots," he said. "Children are also more mobile now."
The road safety corner will also be rolled out in other schools, if it is proven to be successful.