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Singapore road safety Major award from British Royalty
The Silver Zone scheme, aimed at helping elderly pedestrians in Singapore, has received international recognition from none other than the British royal family.
The initiative beat more than 60 other nominations from around the world and is being held up as a model for other countries.
The scheme is a Land Transport Authority (LTA) initiative aimed at creating safe crossing zones for our elderly. It received the Prince Michael International Road Safety Award, a global award given to the world’s best road safety programmes. The award was presented at a special ceremony in London.
Speaking at the event, Prince Michael of Kent, a cousin of Queen Elizabeth, said:
"The judges unanimously agreed that this initiative is a thoroughly practical approach to a growing problem of elderly pedestrians, and certainly replicable elsewhere in the world."
Dr Chin Kian Keong, LTA's group director for transportation and road operations, said:
"We are extremely honoured to receive this award in recognition of the Silver Zone programme, and are heartened by the strong support from the local community in Singapore.
“We will continue building on the positive feedback, and expand our road safety initiatives to benefit more road users."
What are Silver Zones?
Silver Zones enforce lower speed limits on narrower roads as well as ‘rumble strips.’ They also include two-stage crossings with safety islands in the centre of the road.
Thanks to this success, the program is being expanded to include a further 10 new locations. These will be completed by 2019, bringing the total of Silver Zones to 25.
The 10 new locations identified are:
Jurong West Avenue 1
Upper Boon Keng Road
Tampines Street 32 and 33
Lorong 5 Toa Payoh
Woodlands Ring Road, Woodlands Drive 63 & 71
Bukit Panjang Ring Road
Teck Whye Lane
Chai Chee Road
Hougang Street 21
The team at Budget Direct Insurance would like to congratulate the LTA for its awesome initiative!
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