Make it clear who has right of way at crossings

I am heartened that the Land Transport Authority (LTA) is making our pedestrian crossings safer (LTA acts to ease worries over some road crossings; Oct 16).

But it can do more.

At certain crossings, the green signal lights up at the same time for both motorists and pedestrians.

Both groups assume they have the right of way, but it is an accident waiting to happen.

Some say the onus lies on the motorist to be alert to pedestrians.

But he is only human. He has to prepare to make a right turn while looking out for oncoming traffic and pedestrians at the same time.

The problem is exacerbated when pedestrians dash across the road, or if a cyclist or an e-scooter rider zips across.

The motorist is only human. He has to prepare to make a right turn while looking out for oncoming traffic and pedestrians at the same time.

In such cases, motorists have very little time to spot and react to the person crossing the road.

I hope the LTA will resolve this problem as soon as possible before more accidents occur.

Edwin Pang

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 19, 2017, with the headline 'Make it clear who has right of way at crossings'. Print Edition | Subscribe