Forum: Fine those who use phone crossing road

Pedestrians have been reminded by the police to avoid using mobile communication devices while crossing roads and to obey traffic signs and rules.
Pedestrians have been reminded by the police to avoid using mobile communication devices while crossing roads and to obey traffic signs and rules. PHOTO: LIANHE ZAOBAO

The topic of whether the use of mobile devices while crossing the road should be regulated has been discussed many times.

Some suggest that turning it into a law is too austere. Others say a ban is necessary to ensure the safety of everyone.

Pedestrians play a significant role in road safety. Thus, imposing a fine on errant pedestrians is reasonable.

Most accidents happen due to carelessness, or people behaving badly or selfishly. Any small form of regulation will improve road safety.

Yuki Chew Min Er, 15

Secondary 4 student

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 13, 2020, with the headline 'Fine those who use phone crossing road'. Print Edition | Subscribe