Gigamole is not the only one in Singapore horrified by the fatal Ferrari accident 4 days ago. Mr Gerard Ee, Chairman of the Public Transport Council seems to have missed the point totally in rejecting what he felt were unfair and harsher calls to restrict high-performance cars in Singapore. But he may be right in that it is not the ownership of the cars that is the problem. It is the irresponsible and reckless behaviour of the car drivers that needs to be reigned in.
It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure that the Ferrari was involved in some sort of street race. Perhaps not in a group, but almost certainly the driver was using the streets of Singapore as his own F1 race circuit. The comment from his wife is quite telling. The deceased Mr Ma was fond of driving his car in the middle of the night because there were few cars on the road.
Illegal street car racing is not unknown in Singapore. Several years ago people and the media were already reporting about it. There are videos on You Tube about it. It is not as if the Traffic Police does not know about it. They were supposed to have cracked down on this.
But no.... illegal street racing has gone on unabated. Read these posts about illegal street racing in the Trip Advisor site for Marina Mandarin Hotel. These posts are as recent as April 2012. So it is public knowledge that this is happening. Can it be that the Traffic Police is unaware of this? Read the post by Frequent Traveller. He called the Police at 3am, and the racing was still going on at 5pm.
So my question is, what the hell has the Traffic Police been doing? Are they really unaware that illegal street racing is going on? That these high-performance cars are tearing up our roads in the wee hours of the morning? Mr Gerard Ee, are you unaware of these illegal street races?
Can it be that the Traffic Police is really aware of these races, but have deliberately turned a blind eye to these races? Why they have done so can only be guessed at. Perhaps it is to allow the rich and irresponsible a place to play their fancy cars? To make Singapore an exciting destination and home for the rich and irresponsible?
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