Boy riding kick scooter on Sengkang road nearly hit by car

Driver Leng Kee Boon braking just in time to avoid hitting the boy, who was riding on a kick scooter.
Driver Leng Kee Boon braking just in time to avoid hitting the boy, who was riding on a kick scooter. PHOTO: SCREENGRAB FROM YOUTUBE

SINGAPORE - A young boy riding his kick scooter in a reckless manner nearly caused an accident along Anchorvale Link in Sengkang on Saturday (Oct 3) afternoon.

An 11-second video of the incident was taken from a car's dashboard camera and posted on citizen journalism website Stomp.

It shows the boy, who was dressed in a blue T-shirt and shorts, riding his kick scooter on the far left of the two-way street.

He suddenly attempted to cut across the road to his right without checking for traffic behind him, forcing the car tailing him to apply its emergency brakes in the nick of time to avoid a collision.

The car's driver, Mr Leng Kee Boon, told Stomp he wanted to share the video online so as to encourage parents to educate their children on proper road safety.

The 48-year-old engineer told The Straits Times he was driving at around 40kmh at the time of the incident and added that he was shocked at the boy's lack of basic awareness.

 

He had wanted to speak to the boy, who he estimated to be between eight and 10 years old, but was unable to alight from his car as he was alone and there was traffic behind him.

"In the first place, someone so young should not be riding the scooter on the road without parental supervision," he said.

"It was fortunate that I managed to stop in time. What if it was a tipper truck or a heavy vehicle? The driver might not have seen him and the consequences would be disastrous."

Netizens were quick to criticise the boy for his recklessness, with some calling for kick scooters and their electric versions, as well as other personal mobility devices such as motorised bicyles, to be banned from roads.

In July, the Land Transport Authority started public consultation and set up an expert panel to look into the rules governing such devices due to their increasing popularity.

The panel is due to release its advisory report by the first half of 2016.