Traffic law cannot afford to be ambiguous

Even though all road users have the responsibility to ensure their own safety, it is incredible that pedestrians who have the right of way are held partially liable in the event of an accident - and even when the driver is guilty of dangerous driving ("Pedestrians with right of way 'must still share responsibility'"; March 19).

Conventional wisdom would dictate that pedestrians who have the right of way at traffic junctions should enjoy the comfort, safety and peace of mind of crossing without having to constantly look out for errant motorists.

While it is the responsibility of pedestrians to negotiate road crossings safely, it is the duty of motorists to ensure they look out for pedestrians.

Whether motorists are sober, drunk, falling asleep or using their cellphones is irrelevant. As long as they fail in their duty of care when pedestrians have the right of way, they must be held fully responsible.

The law cannot afford to be ambiguous and lend itself to differing interpretations. Even though a Highway Code rule stipulates that pedestrians are to be alert, it does not state that pedestrians are partially responsible in accidents when they have the right of way. Even if it does, it should be amended, as it would defy logic.

Lawrence Loh Kiah Muan