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The Ferrari Tragedy: Of Speeding To Conclusions

Speed and recklessness gave rise to the aforementioned misfortune; let us, as rational citizens, not repeat that same mistake.

1. The driver, Mr. Ma Chi, should bear most – if not all – of the responsibility for this preventable tragedy because of his recklessness and negligence (based on preliminary photo and video evidence gathered online). Consequently, I believe that some form of constructive compensation would be fair for the victim’s families.

a. The buck, however, stops with Mr. Ma. His family does not deserve to be cursed or abused.

b. His nationality is of no concern whatsoever. This is simply a case of senselessness on the part of an irresponsible driver (the taxi driver, Mr. Cheng Teck Hong, could not have done anything differently, for Mr. Ma was clearly not thinking about the potential ramifications of his actions).

2. The present sentiments of anger – if not xenophobic in nature – are somewhat justified, because we demand for stricter enforcement measures, and for our agencies to crack down more punitively on drivers who risk the lives of others on the road. We do not tolerate such blatant flippancy.

3. I am proud of, and heartened by the way our country has rallied spontaneously behind the taxi driver and his family, with the providence of financial assistance and emotional support.

4. How should the media portray an individual if he happens to be the cause and victim of the accident? This time round, opponents have poignantly picked up how the story was covered in the various newspapers (it should be mentioned that different publications did so dissimilarly): using certain adjectives to describe Mr. Ma, focusing disproportionately on his story instead of the other parties, highlighting seemingly irrelevant perspectives et cetera.

5. On the conversion of foreign driving licences (cognisant that some have raised past instances of traffic accidents on the road); it makes sense to make potential international drivers go through the practical tests as well, and not just the Basic Theory Test per se. This might not address the issue of reckless driving directly (having more stringent assessments would not necessarily reduce isolated cases, and individuals who go through the Singapore system remain vulnerable to these momentary lapses), but these requirements can certainly provide heightened assurance and reinforce the importance of safety consciousness. These are small, but crucial steps.

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Speed and recklessness gave rise to the aforementioned misfortune; let us, as rational citizens, not repeat that same mistake, where our hastily drawn and ill-conceived conclusions might in turn dent the credibility of our voices, and kill off any hope of change.

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5 thoughts on “The Ferrari Tragedy: Of Speeding To Conclusions

  1. Singaporeans are worse drivers. Plenty of them passed the practical test and still drive like idiots.

    Posted by Hum Yee | May 16, 2012, 4:10 pm
    • 1. Likewise, nationality has nothing to do with driving abilities. A reckless driver is a reckless driver.

      2. I see your second point (and I did acknowledge the limitations of present tests), because a test cannot safeguard individuals against isolated events of senselessness. Do you then think heightened enforcement can be considered?

      Jin Yao

      Posted by guanyinmiao | May 16, 2012, 4:16 pm
  2. so sad and needless; just because some arrogant pig decides to pick up a hot girl and bring her for a spin to show off his asset ……. someone being made a widow, 3 kids made fatherless, a beautiful girl whose life cut short leaving behind parents, loved ones to mourn her loss………

    Posted by cherythepianoteacher | May 17, 2012, 7:42 pm
  3. You should have just called his bluff to ‘drive to the cemetery’. Such a lazy driver would not have dared to actually do that – which is obvious from how he changed tact the moment you said alright to driving to the Police Station. As horrendous taxi drivers are a ‘normal occurrence’, the Police don’t really take it too seriously as a matter of law & order. But we strongly encourage you not to let the matter rest as this driver is the type of terror driver that would probably leave someone dying on the road if he were to knock them down. Please lodge a report with LTA through their online feedback form which takes no more than 5 minutes to fill out. LTA has no choice but to take action against such drivers and when there are multiple complaints against a driver, they will be justified in removing the driver from our roads. Most of these terror drivers are the way they are because they get away without repercussions time and time again because of passengers who are not well-informed or who are too busy to follow-up. Imagine if a rogue taxi driver only gets reported once every 10 incidents. The first time will be a warning, the second a warning again, and the third will be when he actually gets terminated. That means a total of 30 instances of terrorising the passenger before he is actually removed from the roads. And the best part, he will be able to join a second cab company after his first termination. That’s a total of 60 instances! If all of us immediately report our experiences to LTA (and not the cab companies), this number can become as little as 5.

    Posted by Panama | June 3, 2012, 5:32 am


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