More 'red, amber, green' arrows being installed

The Land Transport Authority has embarked on a programme to introduce red, amber and green arrows to control right turns at traffic light junctions.
The Land Transport Authority has embarked on a programme to introduce red, amber and green arrows to control right turns at traffic light junctions. PHOTO: ST FILE

We thank Mr Edwin Pang for his suggestion on how safety can be enhanced at right turn junctions (Stop motorists turning right when pedestrians cross, April 30).

The Land Transport Authority (LTA) has embarked on a programme to introduce red, amber, green (RAG) arrows to control right turns at traffic light junctions.

At such junctions, motorists will have to wait for the arrow to turn green before making a right turn, even when there is no opposing traffic or pedestrians crossing the road.

This prevents traffic from making a turn into a road where the pedestrian signal is showing green, as suggested by Mr Pang.

As of last month, these RAG arrows have been implemented at more than 250 junctions, and more will be rolled out progressively.

Where RAG arrows are not feasible, LTA will look into other road safety features such as warning signs, turning pockets, lighted road studs and integrated pedestrian countdown timers to alert motorists and pedestrians.

LTA would like to urge motorists and pedestrians to play their part by observing good road safety practices and adhering to traffic rules, as well as exercising patience and care towards each other.

Chandrasekar Palanisamy

Group Director

Traffic & Road Operations

Land Transport Authority

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 11, 2019, with the headline 'More 'red, amber, green' arrows being installed'. Print Edition | Subscribe