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Singapore Budget 2014: New safety zones for five towns to keep elderly pedestrians safe

Published on Mar 11, 2014 4:09 PM
 
Mr K. Rajandra, 83, a Yishun resident, on 11 March, 2014. The Land Transport Authority (LTA) will introduce new safety zones in five housing estates by the end of this year, in a bid to make the roads safer for elderly pedestrians. -- ST PHOTO: MARK CHEONG

THE Land Transport Authority (LTA) will introduce new safety zones in five housing estates by the end of this year, in a bid to make the roads safer for elderly pedestrians.

Named "silver zones", these areas will be fitted with additional infrastructure such as a centre divider in the middle of the road.

Parliamentary Secretary for Transport Muhammad Faishal Ibrahim said in Parliament on Tuesday that these silver zones will be piloted in Yishun, Jurong West, Bukit Merah, Marine Parade and Bedok, which have a high elderly population and relatively high accident rates involving the elderly.

"We are particularly focused on improving road safety for the elderly, who are over-represented in pedestrian accidents," he said.

 
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