Published: 01 October 2018
Ms Joan Pereira: To ask the Minister for Home Affairs (a) in the past year, how many accidents have happened between motorists and pedestrians at zebra crossings; and (b) whether cameras can be installed at zebra crossings with high accident rates.
1. In 2017, there were about 60 road traffic accidents involving pedestrians at zebra crossings. Three resulted in fatalities.
2. To enhance safety, the Land Transport Authority (“LTA”) has put in place warning signs such as ‘Pedestrian Crossing Ahead’, zig-zag lines and flashing beacons near the crossings, so that motorists are more alert as they approach. LTA has also installed at selected locations raised zebra crossings, which serve as speed humps for vehicles.
3. We will also continue to educate the public on the safe use of zebra crossings. For example, as part of the “Use Your RoadSense” campaign in 2017 and 2018, the Singapore Road Safety Council launched online videos on how pedestrians should use zebra crossings.
4. For now, we think these measures are adequate, and cameras need not be deployed.