Include pedestrians, cyclists in traffic enforcement action

We must adopt a holistic approach in our efforts to keep our roads safe ("'Stealth bikers' clamping down on traffic offenders"; Aug 11).

We always exhort drivers and motorcyclists to play a proactive role in road safety.

But what about other road users, in particular, pedestrians?

Pedestrians on the road indulge in instant messaging and play games on their smartphones.

They are so engrossed that they are oblivious to approaching vehicles or to whether the traffic lights turn green or red.

Another contributing factor to traffic accidents is jaywalking, which is a reckless and dangerous act. Some people have sustained serious injuries or lost their lives by crossing the road in a prohibited area or without waiting for an indicative signal.

Then, there are users of motorised bicycles and electric scooters who speed or ride near traffic; some even perform tricks while on the road.

Hence, while drivers and motorcyclists are targeted when the traffic police take strict enforcement action, it is only fair that other road users not be spared from such a crackdown either.

Jeffrey Law Lee Beng

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 15, 2016, with the headline 'Include pedestrians, cyclists in traffic enforcement action'. Print Edition | Subscribe