We are always told to be careful and gracious on the road, whether we’re pedestrians or drivers.
We are expected to obey traffic rules because, well, they exist for a reason, right?
They’re put in place to ensure that no accidents occur. But even though these traffic rules exist, not everyone follows them, for some reason. So we always have to be alert to our surroundings because there are always reckless people around.
Reckless Actions Caused Collision
On Saturday, 5 October, an accident occurred along Boon Lay Way and Jurong Gateway Road.
According to dashboard footage provided by one of the vehicles at the scene, it was already the green light for vehicles to go. Vehicles have started moving and pedestrians have started crossing the road.
And all of a sudden, a BMW driver comes out of nowhere and just crashes headfirst into an innocent silver car.
The collision caused both cars’ headlights to be damaged and the glass pieces were found shattered on the road.
Towards the end of the video, a middle-aged man can be seen exiting from the silver car, understandably annoyed at what just happened.
I would be annoyed too if my car got damaged because of the reckless actions of some other driver. Despite it being covered by the other’s insurance, it will still be very inconvenient if I have to leave my car in the workshop for repairs.
The BMW driver was not seen getting out of his car in the footage. Another car stopped behind the silver car and its driver also got out, probably to talk to the other drivers. But according to the footage, it is not clear as to whether there was any damage done to that car.
It is suspected the BMW driver was trying to beat the red light but failed to account for the fact that other cars and pedestrians have already started moving.
And it is scary to think what could have happened if the BMW driver hit a motorcyclist or a pedestrian instead.
So far, there have been no reports of any injuries.
Red Light Beating Is A Common Occurrence
Unfortunately, according to the statistics released by the Traffic Police in February this year, there was a 15.7% increase in the number of occurrences of red light beating from 46,599 cases in 2017 to 53,910 cases in 2018.
There have been stricter regulations this year when fines were doubled from $200 to $400 in April. But of course, the demerit points stayed at 12 points.
Hopefully, the BMW driver learns from this lesson and changes his habits before he causes even more harm to innocent people.
And to everyone out there, don’t beat the red light. Being late beats injuring someone and having to live with that guilt for the rest of your life.