Children dashing across roads poses question on responsibility

Children and road safety are a key concern. From left: A screengrab shows a boy sprinting in front of a car across Geylang Lorong 9 last Monday; in this screengrab, a boy is seen in front of an oncoming car last Saturday, and he is later shown lying
Children and road safety are a key concern. A screengrab shows a boy sprinting in front of a car across Geylang Lorong 9 last Monday.PHOTO: SCREENGRAB FROM SG ROAD VIGILANTE/FACEBOOK
Children and road safety are a key concern. From left: A screengrab shows a boy sprinting in front of a car across Geylang Lorong 9 last Monday; in this screengrab, a boy is seen in front of an oncoming car last Saturday, and he is later shown lying
Children and road safety are a key concern. In this screengrab, a boy is seen in front of an oncoming car last Saturday, and he is later shown lying on the ground after being run over.PHOTO: SCREENGRAB FROM DISTRICT SINGAPORE/FACEBOOK
Children and road safety are a key concern. From left: A screengrab shows a boy sprinting in front of a car across Geylang Lorong 9 last Monday; in this screengrab, a boy is seen in front of an oncoming car last Saturday, and he is later shown lying
Children and road safety are a key concern. This screengrab shows a child dashing across a road in Yishun.PHOTO: SCREENGRAB FROM ROADS.SG/FACEBOOK

Whose responsibility is it when young children dash across the road suddenly and get hit by motor vehicles - the parents or the motorists?

The issue was raised after a three-year-old was run over by a car - and survived - last Saturday evening outside a Hindu temple in Depot Walk, even as several recent near-misses surfaced online.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on October 13, 2019, with the headline 'Children dashing across roads poses question on responsibility'. Subscribe