Friday, June 06, 2008

Part-time traffic lights

Two months before, I was waiting to use the traffic light crossing to get to the ‘Kopitam’ next to SMU (Singapore Management University).

I and the other pedestrians waited and waited for ten or more minutes for the traffic lights to switch from ‘red man’ to ‘green man’, however despites our frantic waiting and the exasperation building up within us, the ‘red man’ refused to budge.

We had no choice but to cross the road in the most primitive manner, i.e. jaywalk.

To us, the traffic lights was faulty; that was my belief till I read an article in today’s paper that this traffic crossing was specially designed as a ‘part time’ traffic crossing, which would not operate during 7am to 9.30 am and 5pm to 9pm everyday.

According to the article, there was a sign indicating the hours of operation of the traffic lights but it was hung too high to be notice by pedestrians using the crossing. I strongly agree.

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