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More motorcyclist fatalities reported in first 4 months of 2014

There were 32 fatalities involving motorcyclists in the first four months of this year, eight more than the same period in 2013.

SINGAPORE: The number of deaths involving motorcyclists is worrying, said Parliamentary Secretary for Transport Associate Professor Muhammad Faishal Ibrahim.

There were 32 fatalities involving motorcyclists in the first four months of this year, eight more than the same period in 2013.

Assoc Prof Faishal said motorcyclists are still one of the most vulnerable road users in Singapore, accounting for nearly half of all road fatalities.

"We must do better, and motorcyclists can play a big role in preventing such traffic accidents by exercising greater care and caution while on the roads," he said.

Dr Faishal was speaking at the launch of the Singapore Ride Safe 2014 campaign, which is into its eighth year.

Since the launch of the Safer Roads Singapore action plan last year, several road safety initiatives have been put in place.

One is the compulsory Expressway Familiarisation Ride programme for learner motorcycle riders.

About 3,700 learner motorcycle riders have completed this course in the past year.

A Safer Roads Industry Taskforce is working to promote a strong road safety culture among vocational drivers who spend long hours on the roads, such as dispatch riders.

"While we continue to implement initiatives to improve safety, it is even more important for all motorcyclists to take ownership of their own safety and that of their pillion riders," said Assoc Prof Faishal.

He added: "We have all heard of cases where motorcyclists lose control of their vehicles, causing serious injury or death to themselves and their pillion riders. Such road tragedies can be prevented if riders remain vigilant and obey traffic rules when on the roads."

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