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PMDs: Give pedestrians right of way on paths

Urgent action is needed to stem the rise in accidents involving personal mobility devices. Understanding why users ride recklessly is also useful.

Madam Loh Siew Lan was walking to a nearby childcare centre in Tampines to fetch her grandson one evening in May when a young man riding a personal mobility device (PMD) slammed into her, knocking her off her feet.

"The childcare centre is five minutes' walk from our flat. The PMD came from nowhere. I didn't see it coming. The next thing I knew, there was a loud piak (snapping sound) from my left knee and I was on the ground," she said.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 18, 2019, with the headline 'PMDs: Give pedestrians right of way on paths'. Subscribe