conflict of interests

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For some reason, STOMP has removed these two posts by bigmachi**. Even my first post/comment, which wasn’t even rude or accusatory, to this article which garnered his vulgar response was just removed by STOMP. What is going on?

I won’t know if bigmachin** is even related to the deceased or the deceased family. Based on his previous comments, he seems to be protecting the people who are involved in this. Go read the comments (if STOMP hasn’t removed it yet). However, he was really rude in his responses to me and to 1 other person.

For me, based on the pictures, I can safely say that the prime mover wasn’t in the left-most lane when the incident occured. When I drove past the accident site today, the way the barrier was crushed preliminary shows that the prime mover was on the 2nd or the 1st lane. Only LTA has the cctv footage, and they will not reveal information like that, so unless the newspapers report on this, we will be kept in the dark forever.

The lil conflict started because I was more concerned about the general situation on the roads with more heavy vehicles speeding and travelling on the faster lanes. He suddenly took my comments personally and start this personal attack. Very interesting. If he truly has close relations to the deceased family (based on what he wrote in his previous comments), using vulgar and rude words will not help. In his ‘anger’, he even revealed that drivers of heavy vehicles like him are hooligans because of the nature of their jobs. It gets even more interesting now.

Just wanted to document this incident, as recalling this 50 years from now will be quite an awesome thingy.

I think I am starting to like STOMP, helps bring out the colours of Singaporeans for all to see.

Here was my reply (in full) to bigmachi** if anyone is even interested.

Dear bigmachine,

I’m sorry that my comment drew some flak from you. I have no intent whatsoever to accuse those involved in this incident. My sentence phrasing may have been a little awkward, thus pardon me.

No one needs to pass on because of an accident on the road. That is what car manufacturers are trying their best to do – invent technologies to ensure that even in serious incidents, people’s lives are still protected.

When I saw this article, my heart sank. A young life is extinguished because those technologies haven’t reach the commercial vehicles yet (if i’m not wrong). It is really an unfortunate incident. I definitely won’t know the full extent of grief that the family is facing now, but I definitely know the feeling if someone I love passes on.

As a fellow motorist, I have seen enough accidents on the road involving speeding commercial vehicles. I myself was involved in one, and thankfully, no one died in that incident. Again, just an observation.

LTA sets a speed limit of 60km/h for all very heavy commercial vehicles. This limit may be set because of the massive masses they carry and potential damage they would cause itself and others should it lose control or the brakes fail. This limit may allow most drivers to regain control of the vehicle by swinging the vehicle to the left to slow down by friction.

Yes, cars will crash into the middle dividers, but because of the low-centre of gravity, cars will have a lesser chance of jumping them. From the pictures, the truck seemed to have jumped the entire barrier easily. Imagine the amount of collateral damage it would have caused to oncoming vehicles. Thank God that this incident didn’t further escalate.

This is the reason why all commercial vehicles have to keep to the left-most lane. TP rules:”Heavy vehicles are not allowed to travel on the far right lane of the expressway. They may overtake on the centre lane of the expressway and must return back to the left lane.”

I understand the nature of your job, but if endangering lives is the by-product of your job, it would be hard to justify the choice. However, without any more details, i shall not comment on this any further.

However, just based on the pictures here, no one will be able to tell what really went on that fateful day. Even looking at those skid marks on photos may not reveal the full length of the skid marks. In no way was my previous reply assuming anything. I am doing it in the hope that LTA/TP monitors this particular social medium, and will tend act on concerned motorists views and opinions.

However, LTA and TP do have access to recorded clips from their cameras along their expressway. During their investigations, they would be able to verify if any traffic laws were contravened that day.

Both my earlier comments were made not to target this family, but to raise this issue to the government about how commercial vehicles tend not to keep to their speed limits or their lanes which may result in emergencies or crisis should an incident happen. Without these pictures or reports, no one will know any better. The main motivation for me, at least, is because of how Traffic Police and LTA don’t seem to be enforcing those same rules they create. If rules are enforced, I would think that, in the future, further loss of lives can be prevented. The agencies need to step up and state their stand. Without clear boundaries, motorists will never know what the rules are.



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