by Sarah Lim
Here’s a reason not to drive on Singapore roads. It drives you crazy – and will maim you too.
Two days after a Sunday Times report on the frequency of road rage incidents in Singapore is an article on how the number of trauma patients with severe injuries is increasing. Today’s edition of ST also showed that even passengers can lose their temper. A former lecturer has just been given a jail sentence for striking a taxi driver with an umbrella; he hit so hard the umbrella broke. The article told of another case of a passenger whacking a taxi driver but the cabby did not want to pursue the matter.
A bruised eye or a pained back aren’t the only problems you face on the roads. TTSH had 129 severely injured patients in 2008 due to road accidents. It went up to 178 last year. At KTP, it went up from 64 in 2011 to more than 100 road traffic accident patients. It’s the result of a bigger population and a tendency to speed or drive drunk. The increasing number of heavy construction vehicles combined with an increasing number of car ownership simply is, as TTSH trauma surgeon put it, “a recipe for a major accident to happen”.
Strangely, not all the hospitals in Singapore reported this rising trend. Only TTSH and the newer KTPH did. Could it be that more accidents occur at roads in the vicinity of these two hospitals? Does this signal that these roads are more accident prone? Or are these hospitals simply better equipped to cope with such trauma patients?
It might just be as well that car prices are rising…unless there are also rising instances of rail rage or bus fuss that we don’t know about.
by Sarah Lim