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It is the responsibility of all road users to ensure the safe use of roads. Learn about these safety features on the roads.

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Understanding road safety

Safety features on our roads help you stay safe on your journey:

 

Keeping the roads safe

You can do your part to keep our roads safe. If you see any defects or obstructions on the roads, report them to LTA.

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Find full policy details on LTA.GOV

 

Understanding road safety
 

Being a responsible motorist is more than just following the rules. You can prevent accidents by driving carefully, especially around special zones such as School Zones and Silver Zones.

Our roads and traffic systems have safety features to help you stay safe on your journey. Below are several safety features you should pay attention to.
 

School Zones
 

School Zones are specially demarcated areas fronting a school, with the intent to help create a safer road environment for school-going children.

A School Zone refers to any part of a road that is:

  • Next to or near a school
  • In between School Zone signs
School Zone
 

Lower speed limits in School Zones help create a safer road environment for school-going children. A School Zone with a reduced speed limit of 40 km/h is in effect when you see the “40km/h When Lights Flash” sign flashing. The lights will flash:

On a school day:

  • From 6.30 am to 7.45 am
  • From 12 pm to 2.30 pm
  • From 6.00 pm to 7.00 pm

Or

Any time a school event is in progress

When the lights are not flashing, the road will keep its original speed limit.

school zone
 

Additional traffic measures may be implemented in School Zones to further enhance road safety, including: 

  • Traffic calming measures such as road humps and speed regulating strips
  • Raised road surface at pedestrian crossings and signalised at-grade crossings
  • Parking restrictions
  • Railing to deter jaywalking

Enhanced School Zone


Safety features at Silver Zones
 

Silver Zones are areas with enhanced road safety measures which make it safer and more convenient for senior pedestrians to cross the roads. These features include distinctive signs, road features and markings which help to lower vehicle speeds and guide pedestrians to designated crossing points.

Silver Zone are found in selected housing estate with a higher population of seniors and relatively higher accident rates involving seniors, as well as areas near amenities which seniors frequent.

The speed limit in Silver Zones, where it is feasible to lower the speed limit, is generally 40km/h.

Silver Zone Gateway and setback kerb-cut ramp

Two-stage crossings

Chicane

Roundabouts

Low-height centre divider

Silver Zone bollards at crossings

Arm Rests at Bus Stops

Anti-Slip Coating on Drain Covers

Extended time for Green Man signal

 

Safety features at zebra and pedestrian crossings 

Zebra crossings

Raised zebra crossing

Pedestrian Crossing Ahead Markings

“Give Way to Pedestrians” sign

Lighted road studs

Dashed pedestrian crossing lines

Flushed LED road studs

 

Safety features at traffic light junctions

Advance Warning Lights

Light Emitting Diode (LED) traffic lights

Right-turning pockets

 

Safety features along the roads 

Spring-loaded posts

Crash cushion

Curve alignment markers

Waveline

'Your Speed Sign'

Traffic calming markings

Profile Thermoplastic Road Markings

 

Road safety features for buses

Bus-friendly hump

Enhanced chevron zone (ECZ) at expressway bus stops

 

Public Street Lighting
 

Currently, street lights operate at pre-programmed seasonal sunrise and sunset timings. In the event of bad weather, motorists should switch on their vehicle headlights for better visibility.

By 2022, LTA will implement the Remote Control and Monitoring System (RCMS) which will allow for more responsive street lighting. With the RCMS, LTA can remotely control street lights in response to inclement weather. The RCMS can also detect faults automatically, making maintenance more responsive and efficient.

 

Keeping the roads safe 
 

Reporting road defects and obstructions


All road users share public road facilities such as bus shelters, footpaths, pedestrian overhead bridges and linkways. LTA, National Parks Board (NParks) and National Environment Agency (NEA) maintain these facilities regularly.

Help to keep road facilities in good condition by reporting any defects or obstructions, such as:  

  • Road defects e.g. potholes
  • Faulty traffic lights
  • Faulty street lights
  • Obstructions on public roads or walkways

It is an offence to place articles on public roads and walkways that obstruct the passage of road users and pedestrians. Such articles include skip bins, goods displays, tables and chairs, and potted plants.

Road Obstructions
 
Road Obstructions
 
Road Obstructions
 

Articles obstructing public walkways

 

 

Road Obstructions
 
Road Obstructions
 
Road Obstructions
 

Skip bins obstructing pedestrians and road users

 


Find out more about road safety
 

Learn more about road maintenance and safety measures employed by LTA on lta.gov.sg