On August 9, a 7-year-old boy was taken to the hospital after allegedly getting hit by a car in Bugis.
Police reported that they had received a call about an accident involving a pedestrian and a vehicle at 11.39am. The accident took place along Cheng Yan Place, towards Victoria Street.
Pictures were later uploaded to STOMP showing the child sitting on the road and bleeding profusely from his head. Blood could also be seen on his limbs and clothes.
The victim was taken conscious to KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital and the police are currently investigating.
While drivers do need to be careful and vigilant on the roads regardless, kids tend to pose a higher risk due to their unpredictability, size and general lack of awareness.
Here are some tips when it comes to keeping kids safe on the road:
- Educate your child on good road habits to ensure that they remain safe and know the dangers of the road.
- Make sure your child knows that they should cease playing or running when around, on or next to a road. This should be enforced even if the child is on the sidewalk next to a road.
- Always hold your child’s hand when crossing roads and do not let them run ahead of you or to lag behind you. Keep them with you at all times. This is because children tend to be smaller and drivers might not see them. They may also accidentally wander into traffic.
- Put away any distractions such as mobile phones when crossing the road. This will help ensure that you are keeping yourself and your child safe. It will also teach your child to put away their things and to focus on their own safety when on the road.
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