(Photo Credit: SG Road Vigilante)
In this episode of Inconsiderate Drivers of the Week, we feature drivers beating the red light, getting stuck at carpark barriers and accidentally entering the Woodlands viaduct during the peak hour rush.
In this special feature, we'll be taking a look at drivers and other road users who were caught on camera for their inconsiderate and reckless actions. These road users exhibit poor etiquette, and we hope you never emulate their behaviour on the roads.
1. Hyundai Driver Blocks Opposite Incoming Traffic And Gets Stuck At Carpark Barrier
The traffic rules are there to ensure that the flow of traffic on our roads is as easy and smooth sailing as possible. Therefore, we must observe such rules to keep our own drive as well as others’ as hassle free as possible. The failure to do so can result in a number of occurrences, ranging from something as minor as inconveniencing others to something as major as an accident.
In the footage shown above, a Hyundai driver is seen to halt after the stop line, therefore effectively blocking traffic approaching from the opposite side. Afterwards, the Hyundai driver doesn’t wait for the carpark barrier to reset, moving forward anyway. This results in the Hyundai getting stuck in the barrier, holding up the drivers waiting behind.
2. Comfort Taxi Straddles Lane, Causing Collision With Biker
Being considerate to our fellow motorists while on the road is a habit we should exercise often. It goes a long way in ensuring there are no mishaps and that we all get to our destinations safely. This includes the proper use of lanes, as not doing so could result in any number of accidents.
Additionally, we should also have all senses on the road while using it. Not having an awareness of our surroundings could land us in trouble, be it a minor collision or a fatal accident. Such incidents can be avoided if we learn to be more vigilant of what’s around us.
In the video above, we can see a blue comfort taxi drive between the two lanes. As a result, a biker from behind trying to drive between the lanes as well fails to stop in time, colliding into the back of the comfort taxi. Thankfully it had been a minor collision, and no fatal injuries were incurred.
3. Chevrolet Reverses On Woodlands Checkpoint Viaduct During Peak Hour
The viaduct leading to Woodlands checkpoint experiences heavy traffic during all hours of the day. As such, it is where practicing traffic safety is expected of us. During the evening peak hours of 4:30pm to 9:30pm, the viaduct leading to Woodlands checkpoint is only open to motorcyclists.
During this period, it is important to ensure that we as car drivers do not accidentally end up in the viaduct. Doing so endangers the lives of other motorists on the road due to the high speed of bikers and the congestion of the peak hour rush.
In this video, taken at 5:22pm, a white Chevrolet is seen to reverse on the viaduct with motorcyclists speeding along beside it. Doing so while the viaduct experiences heavy traffic can result in collisions if one is not careful enough.
4. Bus Tries To Beat Red Light, Causes Collision With Lorry Driver
Whenever we're in a hurry, we end up trying to beat the red light or flouting traffic rules. Doing so, however, is a major inconvenience to our fellow road users and can result in an accident as well. It would be in our own best interest to observe traffic rules at all times, even if it means not reaching our destination on time.
In the above video, we can see a lorry cross the junction when a bus driver attempting to beat the red light crashes into it. This results in a collision that causes some damage to the windscreen of the lorry, as can be seen by the shards of glass that fall on the road. Thankfully no fatal injuries had been incurred, with the lorry driver only suffering a cut to his finger.
5. Car Beating Red Light Crashes Into Motorcyclist
As with the previous video, attempting to beat the red light can endanger our fellow road users. There is always the potential of fatal collisions occurring that cause the parties involved to incur serious injuries. When we do cause an accident as the result of an attempt to beat the red light, it is important that we stop and help all injured parties involved.
In the previous video the casualties incurred hadn’t been as severe as shown in the video above. In the aforementioned video, two motorcyclists are heading down the road. From the left, a blue car collides into one of them in an ill-fated attempt to beat the red light at Upper Serangoon and Braddell Road Junction. The car then stops, with the driver exiting it to attend to the injured motorcyclist.
The purpose of this compilation isn’t to shame or expose these road users, but to learn from their mistakes. In all honesty, the culture on Singapore’s roads leaves a lot to be desired. We lack basic road courtesy and we don’t mind causing inconveniences to other road users if it benefits us. We sometimes even put their lives at risks with our careless and nonchalant actions.
To improve our culture on the roads, we need to look ourselves in the mirror and learn to share our roads. Instead of treating fellow road users as competition, we need to remember that everyone else is just like us—all they want is to reach their destination safely and on time.
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