In a case of Ownself Sabo Ownself, a cyclist has written to the Singapore Police Force (SPF) Facebook to complain about a driver who did not slow down for him at a zebra crossing while he was cycling across it.
Under existing Singapore traffic law, cyclists and riders of personal mobility devices must dismount and push their bicycles or devices across. Speeding across a zebra crossing is a dangerous act punishable by a fine in Singapore.
The cyclist, Darren Oh, was about to cross a pedestrian crossing to the opposite side of a road at the junction of Ang Mo Kio Avenue 8 and Bishan Park 2 when he encountered the errant driver.
He wrote of his experience: “It was pretty obvious that i was cycling across the traffic light, about to cross the pedestrian crossing to the opposite side, as a cyclist, i should have a right of way crossing the road compared to a car and the car across should stop before continuing its journey. However, you, driver of SLD3663D saw me, about to cross the pedestrian crossing, still accelerated towards the direction, wanting to speed across.
“I thought you were going to stop as it was a pedestrian crossing, but you continued accelerating across and almost clashed into my bicycle, and even wind down the window and shouted ‘ oi ‘ in my face, pointed middle finger and drove off at a high speed. i know there’s a 20 plus yr old lady in the car beside you and you seem to be 40 to 50 year range, im not sure if that was your daughter or what, you don’t have to ‘ haolian ‘ to this state shouting at me even when you’re at fault right? And why did you drive off? Shouting at me and driving off? If you think you’re right why didn’t you talk things out instead of speeding off? Guilty?”