Motorcyclists urged to don safety gear to cut risk on road

Modelling riding jackets to promote protective gear for safe riding are (from left) Iman Fandi, her dad Fandi Ahmad, Fandi's son Ilhan, Noh Alam Shah and Fandi's wife Wendy Jacobs.
Modelling riding jackets to promote protective gear for safe riding are (from left) Iman Fandi, her dad Fandi Ahmad, Fandi's son Ilhan, Noh Alam Shah and Fandi's wife Wendy Jacobs.ST PHOTO: CHEW SENG KIM

The roads were safer for motorcyclists in the first half of this year, with fewer of them involved in fatal accidents and suffering injuries.

From January to June, there were 24 fatal accidents involving motorcyclists, down from 32 in the same period last year, according to latest statistics revealed by the Traffic Police (TP) yesterday.

The number of motorcycle accidents that resulted in injuries also saw a decrease, with 2,141 in the first half of the year, as compared with 2,172 in the same period last year.

While the roads have become "generally safer than before", motorcyclists remain a vulnerable group, said Ministry of Home Affairs Parliamentary Secretary Amrin Amin yesterday.

Speaking at the launch of Singapore Ride Safe (SRS) 2017, he said about one motorcyclist loses his life on Singapore roads every week, based on the half-year figure of 24. This number makes up close to 40 per cent of the 61 traffic fatalities in the first half of this year, he added.

He cited an accident earlier this month, which saw a motorcyclist killed after a car flipped over the road divider and rammed into him.

The risk of these accidents can be reduced if riders equip themselves with protective gear and adopt safe riding habits, said Mr Amrin.

"Don't just wear helmets; put on your riding jackets, gloves and boots. Doctors will tell you from the cases they have seen that protective gear makes a big difference."

While there are no plans yet to make riding gear compulsory by law, Mr Amrin said on the sidelines of the event that it remains "something that we would like to encourage and promote extensively".

The TP and the Singapore Road Safety Council, which has led the SRS for the past 11 years, also launched its new "gear up, ride safe" campaign message.

During the event, local football personalities Fandi Ahmad, Nazri Nasir, Lionel Lewis, Noh Alam Shah, S. Subramani and Aleksandar Duric modelled riding jackets to cheers from the crowd.

Fandi's wife, Ms Wendy Jacobs, their two younger sons and daughter also modelled alongside him.

The footballers are the faces of this year's campaign and will feature on publicity banners and posters on lamp posts and overhead bridges islandwide.

TP Commander Sam Tee said the campaign will also feature Fandi's eldest son, Irfan, to extend safety messages to family members of motorcyclists and pillion riders.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on August 20, 2017, with the headline 'Motorcyclists urged to don safety gear to cut risk on road'. Print Edition | Subscribe