Visibility is key to safety

The blackout at the Jurong East bus interchange during a thunderstorm on the evening of Oct 25 coincided with the rush-hour congestion, and the scene was extremely chaotic.

Public transport hubs are potential targets for terror attacks because of the number of people congregating. Darkness and chaos aid such malicious intent.

Thus, uninterrupted power supply, especially during inclement weather, is critical.

On the same evening, the sky became very dark because of the thunderstorm, and visibility on the roads was extremely poor.

Yet, street lights were still turned on according to pre-set timers.

Couldn't the Land Transport Authority manually turn on street lights earlier, when dark clouds reduce visibility on the roads? Police surveillance cameras work better under well-lit conditions too.

Loong Chik Tong