Our Traffic Police officers are known for their
diligence in keeping our roads safe for all road users. However,
it is inevitable and ironic that in so doing, they expose themselves
to potentially hazardous situation. But accidents can happen even
when you have taken all precautions, and recently not one but all
three Traffic Police officers were hospitalised in two separate
The first accident involved VSC Sgt Laurence Mackerroy and VSC Cpl
Ishak Jalil. The two were riding their motorcycles when a pick-up
coming from the opposite direction smashed into
Both men suffered fractured legs as a result of the accident. Investigations
showed that the driver of the pick-up was drunk and had failed a
"Both of them are really dedicated officers" remarked
ASP Seah Thian Pau, OC Patrol, Traffic Police. "You can see
them on duty almost every Saturday night."
The other accident which occurred on 1 May 96 involved PC Tan Yoke
Siong. Ironically, PC Tan was helping an accident victim, Mr Razali
Rahim out of his van when a Mercedes Benz rammed into the van from
behind, throwing PC Tan towards a wall. PC Tan incurred multiple
fractures on both legs and had to undergo surgery.
Commissioner Tee Tua Ba who was greatly concerned for the injured
officers visited them in hospital to check on their progress.
"The Commissioner’s visit made my husband's day,"
said VSC Sgt Mackerroy's wife Mrs Linda Pang who is a staff nurse
by profession. Mrs Pang, a Volunteer herself said that she understood
the risks involved. "I really appreciated the Commissioner
of Police (CP) coming down to visit us," she reiterated.
"This shows he cares for his men, both regulars and Volunteers."
Even though PC Tan had difficulty speaking, he assured the Commissioner
that he was keen to get back to patrol duties again. Commissioner
said he was pleased to note that PC Tan's condition had become stable
and wished him a speedy recovery.