Signs at crossings to alert pedestrians to look out for vehicles

Modified road markings at Telok Blangah Street 31 to remind pedestrians to look out for oncoming vehicles before they cross. -- ST PHOTO: EDWARD TEO
Modified road markings at Telok Blangah Street 31 to remind pedestrians to look out for oncoming vehicles before they cross. -- ST PHOTO: EDWARD TEO

SINGAPORE - Road signs reminding pedestrians to "LOOK", will be added at 240 zebra crossings in school zones and neighbourhoods with more old folk, to alert people to look out for oncoming vehicles before crossing the road.

The road markings at the school zones will be painted from this month, with works to be completed in the fourth quarter of next year, said the Land Transport Authority.

Works in the 10 elderly-friendly zones have been ongoing since the third quarter of last year and are targeted for completion by March next year.

By then, "Give Way to Pedestrians" signs will also appear in six more locations.

The move followed a pilot earlier this year, when the signs were put up at three road junctions to alert motorists to look out for pedestrians when turning right.

Since then, more such motorists have been observed giving way to crossing pedestrians, said the LTA.

Parliamentary Secretary for Health and Transport, Associate Professor Muhammad Faishal Ibrahim, said: "We have received positive feedback from road users, who said that these 'LOOK'? road markings and 'Give Way to Pedestrians' signs are helpful in reminding people to practise good road safety habits.

"Now that these features are expanded to more locations across Singapore, I hope that more pedestrians and motorists will look out for one another, so that our roads will be made even safer for everyone," added Prof Faishal, who chairs the Pedestrian and Cyclist Safety Committee (PCSC).?

LTA said the "LOOK" road markings have received positive response from a survey conducted during the pilot in 2012.

About 90 per cent of the pedestrians surveyed said that the road markings introduced at four zebra crossings remind them to look out for traffic before crossing the road.

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