Illegally parked vehicles make area a danger spot
Drivers swerve dangerously close to pedestrians as they weave through the narrow road.
More than five lorries were parking illegally on the roadside - turning it into a one-way lane for vehicles to navigate.
That was what The New Paper observed for two hours from 1pm to 3pm yesterday at a narrow road behind Sri Krishnan Temple and Hotel Ibis.
This was the spot where Madam Ng Hwee Teok, 83, was hit by an SMRT taxi on Monday.
When told of the accident, cabby Suen Ka Kay was not surprised.
"The (illegally-parked) lorries obscure our view and this makes it harder for us drivers when we make a turn. By the time we see pedestrians crossing the road, it will be too late."
The 41-year-old said that drivers have to take "calculated risks" when driving in this area. The onus is on drivers to be cautious and courteous.
"There is no proper pedestrian crossing or zebra crossing, so it will depend on drivers to look out for pedestrians."
Ms Ng, 25, a customer service officer at Ibis Hotel, told TNP that about 15 cars pass by the road every five minutes during lunch hour.
"The road is behind the temples and eateries at Waterloo Street. People who are going for lunch or for prayers will always cross the road. However, there are no convex traffic mirrors or zebra crossings for pedestrians to cross with ease," she said.
So, what can be done to minimise such accidents?
Several elderly pedestrians TNP spoke to also felt that the road is a hot-spot for danger.
ONUS ON PEDESTRIAN
Mr Richard Chin, 61, said: "They should install a traffic mirror at the junction for pedestrians to check for turning vehicles. Ultimately, we have to take safety in our own hands and be alert at all times."
Mr Gopinath Menon, vice-chairman of the Singapore Road Safety Council, said older pedestrians are more vulnerable to traffic accidents.
"Elderly pedestrians are unable to make the right judgement because of their impaired hearing and eyesight.
"To prevent traffic accidents, they should always practise the kerb-drill - look right, look left and right again before putting their hands up and crossing the road," he said.
- KIAT TAN
TNP INFOGRAPHICS: KELVIN CHAN
- At least five lorries were parked illegally on the roadside when TNP visited the area yesterday — turning it into a one-way lane for vehicles to navigate.
- Madam Ng Hwee Teok, 83, was hit by an SMRT taxi when she was crossing the narrow road.
- The road junction is a blindspot for both pedestrians and turning vehicles.