Shared green signals at crossings confusing to road users

I fully agree with Mr Edwin Pang (Make it clear who has right of way at crossings; Oct 19).

As a person who both drives and walks every day, I can attest to the danger and confusion at crossings where the green signal favours both pedestrians and motorists. This is worse at crossings where the green signal lights up for three parties: pedestrians, motorists turning left and motorists turning right.

An example of such a crossing is the one at the junction of Bukit Batok East Avenue 2 and Bukit Batok East Avenue 4.

At the traffic light crossing, when the green signal lights up, pedestrians start crossing, cars on the adjacent road start turning left, and cars on the opposite lane start turning right.

Pedestrians have to depend on the alertness and courtesy of motorists to give way to them.

Furthermore, motorists turning left assume that they have priority over motorists turning right. Unfortunately, the latter do not always think the same way. The result is that both parties are left to their own interpretations of who has the right of way.

There are also impatient motorists who drive past pedestrians even before the pedestrians have finished crossing the road. Such motorists either drive past in front of them or very close behind them.

It is very dangerous but it is happening every day.

Jeanie Chan (Mrs)

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 21, 2017, with the headline 'Shared green signals at crossings confusing to road users'. Print Edition | Subscribe