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Say ‘No’ to dangerous illegal U-Turn

By SYF77 on 25 Jul 2011

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It was a hot Saturday afternoon and I walked from home to the Koufu food court for lunch at Kaki Bukit Ave 1. On the return leg, I was standing on the island (where the lady is standing in the above photo) and while waiting for the ‘green man’ to flash, I saw 2 cars making illegal U-turns in a short span of 30 seconds.

These 2 cars was a Subaru Exiga followed by a Mitsubishi Lancer. Perhaps the Exiga has wide turning angle, or helmed by an incompetent driver, the front of the car actually went into the island slightly and the driver has to reverse the car in order to complete the U-turn. The oncoming traffic has to come to halt actually – all for this inconsiderate driver making an illegal U turn. What happen if the driver lost control of the car and crash onto island with the pedestrians in it? The consequences would be disastrous. Although what the Mitsubishi driver did was illegal too, at least he completed the U turn successfully and did not become a nuisance for other motorists.

However, what I feel is more dangerous in such a situation is that the motorist filtering in from the side road may not notice the car that has just ‘U-turned’. He would not expect it as it is not legal. The ‘U-turned’ car would probably appear in the filtered car’s blind spot and an accident is in the making. I’ve personally encountered such scenario several times at the junction between Bedok Reservoir Road and Eunos Link. Luckily, no accident has occurred but I do get a rude shock when a car suddenly appeared in my blind spot.

Through this blog entry, I hope to bring out the important of road safety, and everyone has a part to play in it.

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Kaki Bukit Ave 1 stretch - with no U Turn sign in sight

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I have been a car fanatic since 1989, when my father was changing our family car then to a Toyota Corolla 1.6 GL fitted with a Twin Cam 16 valve engine that was carburetor-fed, a big deal back in those days. The automobile technology and industry fascinates me and I hope to broadcast these interesting developments to everyone out there through this blog.

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Babyt Jul 25 2011 02:01 PM
yeah i frequent koufu and its very common to see ppl doing illegal u turn there.
Ilmw Jul 26 2011 01:24 AM
so how? u wanna sue them, or bite them? i'm sure everyone see idiotic people doing idiotic/illegal stunts. what then?
Hermit Jul 26 2011 10:38 AM
The island can be modified ('eaten') to be more U-turn friendly.
I have seen the enhancement in some of the newer estates.. mabbie TS can bring it up to his/her MP too.
Carmour Jul 26 2011 12:02 PM
Everyone U-turns there because if you go to the next turning to U-turn, there will be 999 L-plate cars from Ubi driving centre TRYING to U-turn there.

The govt should ban L-platers from doing right-turns and U-turns! tongue.gif
MCFmrhonda Jul 27 2011 10:16 AM
There got a "No U-Turn" sign? Illegal U-turn is only when there is a "No-U-turn" sign. U-turn is allowed only when there is a "U-Turn" sign. So what if there is no "U-turn sign"? Can we U-turn?
Dwee Sep 07 2011 06:11 PM
I'm guilty of it ... But I don't do it in Singapore ...
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