Road safety tips and more for young and old

Children taking part in the road-safety event in Ang Mo Kio yesterday. The old and the young are among the most vulnerable road users.
Children taking part in the road-safety event in Ang Mo Kio yesterday. The old and the young are among the most vulnerable road users.ST PHOTO: NEO XIAOBIN

Ang Mo Kio residents got a refresher lesson on road safety yesterday - a bid by the police to promote safe habits for pedestrians when crossing the road.

More than 1,000 residents, including the elderly and very young, took part in the road-safety event in their neighbourhood.

The children learnt basic traffic rules at a mini road-safety circuit as they rode around a court in mini tricycles, while the elderly listened to a talk on road safety.

Children and the elderly are among the most vulnerable road users. Last year saw 211 reported cases of injuries involving pedestrians aged 60 and above, up from 194 in 2014, according to police figures.

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, an MP for Ang Mo Kio GRC, joined residents at the event, where he also launched an anti-scam lift sticker.

The decal hopes to raise awareness of scams in Singapore, and is part of the Police and the National Crime Prevention Council's anti- scam campaign.

It features a comic of a woman who is almost cheated by a man through an Internet love scam.

Police statistics released earlier this year showed that online commercial crimes last year rose by 95 per cent to 3,759 cases, compared to 1,929 cases reported in 2014.

All in, Singaporeans lost $17 million through such crimes, which include credit-for-sex scams, e-commerce cheating and Internet love scams.

The decal will be put up at 500 lift lobbies across Singapore by June. About 900 stickers will also be pasted on tables at hawker centres.

Ang Mo Kio Police Division commander Lian Ghim Hua said cybercrimes, especially scams, have been on the rise since 2013.

He added: "With criminals getting more sophisticated and tapping on the latest technologies to do harm, we need to be ever more vigilant to protect ourselves from being scammed."

Those who wish to find out more about such scams and how to protect themselves and their loved ones can visit www.scamalert.sg.

Pearl Lee

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 25, 2016, with the headline 'Road safety tips and more for young and old'. Print Edition | Subscribe