Sunday, June 24, 2007

Blood on the Tracks

K a bit outdated, but this post was on draft for a while and I forgot about it. Till now. Disclaimer: If you are sensitive about suicide read NO further.

We recently had a few people jumping in front of trains in Singapore, sparking concern that more people might follow thinking that it was the latest trend in dying. (Previously it was ODing on pills) I always felt that dying that way was a selfish act. I mean why not jump in front of a moving truck instead? I highly doubt someone can tell the difference between being hit by a train or a big truck. But the latter inconveniences way less people and you don't even need to pay a fare beforehand. Or at the very least jump at one of the terminating stations (Boon Lay, Pasir Ris), so that the train service isn't disrupted to as great an extent.

A few have suggested that fences be built on every train station to stop people from "falling" over but they have been rejected, I am guessing the suggestion was rejected because of how much it would cost to fit all the stations in Singapore with those fences.

Anyway I came up with this brilliant and cost-effective solution one Friday evening when I was at home just feeling really lonely and suicidal. Instead of fitting all the station with fences, why not built one station for people who are thinking of suicide? They have to make it like a real station, with the fare-deducting gantries, the station attendants and everything.

Of course that would still not entice the potential suicide attempters, so the station will have one train that goes in and out of the station every 15 minutes. Of course there will be one trained counselor at the landing, in case they want someone to talk them out of it. But it will be completely voluntary. But if not, then they just wait for the train and jump in front of it. Hell they could even jump with someone else who was waiting.

The cost benefits are enormous. For one, there is no disruption to the train service, because it's not part of the network. Secondly, track and train cleanup can be postponed till the end of the day saving both time and costs, there really isn't no point cleaning the track immediately after a jump when you just have to do it 15 minutes later is there? Thirdly, no one will be traumatized by the suicides because the only people who are there are gonna die themselves anyway, so it don't really matter. Hell they might even change their minds after watching the mess on the tracks.

SO yeah that's my solution to the problem.

1 comment:

  1. That reminds me of the concept of suicide booths which was found in an old game as well as an animated programme some years ago.