By Karen W Lim Getting run over by a vehicle while cycling, colliding with anothercar when driving, and being mowed down by a van seem to be commonscenarios on the roads of China. Based on footage from closed-circuit television cameras placed atintersections, cars crossing the junction seem to be playing a gameof bumper car or human bowling. The online video which was uploaded onto YouTube shows acompilation of different scenes dating back to 2006, all showinghow complacent or nonchalant Chinese motorists are when driving intheir own country. Although the location is unknown, the footage clearly shows acertain blase attitude among drivers. Traffic lights are not seen at the intersections, an indicationthat the areas featured in the video are not busy or major roads,but smaller roads in the neighbourhood. |
The vehicles do not seem tobe travelling at high speeds as well, so the cause of theseaccidents become even more questionable. The techniques of Chinese drivers have recently been questionedsince an accident on May 12 involving a Ferrari driven by a Chinesenational, a ComfortDelGro cab and a motorcyclist left three deadand two injured at an intersection at Bugis in Singapore. On April 3, a woman died after she was hit by an SBS Transit busand dragged under for nearly half a minute. She was crossing theroad at an intersection when the bus was making a turn. The driverof the bus is from China.
A letter to The New Paper on May 18 called for stricter tests forforeign drivers in Singapore, as "there are differences they needto note, such as our low speed limits, English signage, uniquesigns and so on". "Should drivers from countries that use left-hand drive be requiredto spend some time under supervision before they are allowed on theroad?" questioned reader Ace Kindred Cheong. While Singaporeans are concerned with hazardous foreign drivers ontheir roads, mainland Chinese are calling for more soul-searchingto be done as they berate their fellow citizens for ignoringvictims in need, as seen in the 2011 case of a two-year-old toddlerwho was run over twice and ignored by at least 18 passers-by. There have also been multiple reports in the recent year onattempts to cover-up traffic accidents by killing the victims.
If these incidents are not handled properly back home, similarsituations might occur elsewhere as the Chinese start migrating outof China - people being knocked down and 'bumper car' games are notsituations anyone wants in any country. email@example.com.
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