Road safety is responsibility of drivers and pedestrians

I refer to the letter by Ms Florence Veronica Minjoot (Drivers who caused death should receive maximum penalty; June 1).

She wrote that "for offences where the driver calls the shots on the road, justice is served only when the court gives the maximum jail sentence and a lifelong ban on driving".

I have observed a similar attitude among many pedestrians, where they believe drivers call the shots.

Hence, they put the onus of safety on drivers, while they chat on phones or with friends while crossing the road - sometimes even while jaywalking.

They are oblivious to traffic and expect cars to give way to them.

Should a driver be penalised for the careless actions of pedestrians?

Road safety is a dual responsibility. Both drivers and pedestrians have a part to play to ensure safety.

Nancy Foo Lan Sin (Ms)

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 05, 2018, with the headline 'Road safety is responsibility of drivers and pedestrians'. Print Edition | Subscribe