SINGAPORE: Singapore saw a significant drop in the number of road accidents involving injuries and fatalities in 2013, compared to the year before.
For the first 11 months of 2013, there were 5,948 cases - compared to 6,612 for the same period in 2012.
Education Minister Heng Swee Keat revealed this at a road safety event in Tampines on Saturday.
Mr Heng, who is also MP for Tampines GRC, launched a community programme aimed at using volunteers to spread road safety awareness.
The "Spot it, Stay Safe" programme is driven by the community, including the People's Association and National Police Cadet Corps.
For a start, the volunteers will reach out to residents in Tampines.
The two groups are set to formalise their tie-up, where they will target Singaporeans islandwide.
Mr Heng said: "Road safety is everyone's responsibility. Every year, despite the very good effort from the various agencies, we continue to see many accidents and some of them very tragic and I think it is each and every one of our responsibility to promote road safety awareness, particularly among our young people."
“So I'm glad that the Traffic Police, the National Police Cadet Corps and our grassroots associations are coming together to have this ‘Spot It, Stay Safe’ programme. In that way, we not only help to promote a higher level of road safety awareness but also get our young people to play a very active role in spreading this message. This is also very much a part of our Values-In-Action." - CNA/nd/xq
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