Elderly citizens still a majority in pedestrian deaths

Despite efforts by the authorities to bring down the number of fatal traffic accidents involving the elderly in recent years, statistics show otherwise.

Last year, more than half of those who lost their lives in pedestrian accidents were over the age of 60. Out of the 44 deaths, 23 were of the elderly - three fewer fatalities from the same age group in 2011.

"Especially since the population is ageing and there are demographic changes, it's time for us to instill some safety rules to the elderly so they can be safe on the road," said Mr Bernard Tay, chairman of the Singapore Road Safety Council.

A Road Safety Concert for the Golden Age was staged on Sunday for nearly 1,000 elderly citizens at Republic Polytechnic to educate them on the correct ways to cross the street and provide hand signals. Jaywalking remains the primary cause of fatalities on the road, said a Traffic Police spokesperson.

Multilingual songs and skits performed by local celebrities such as Marcus Chin, Yati and Poobalan followed road safety themes.

The concert created more focus, to make it easier for the elderly to understand, said Mr Tay.

Another concert which will be targeted at youth as part of Road Safety Awareness Month 2013 will be at Woodlands Primary School on May 23.

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