With the rise in red-light-running accidents occurring in Singapore, citizens must bear in mind that beating the red light is an extremely reckless act which puts the lives of drivers and other road users at high risk. Drivers should slow down as they approach a signalised junction, and prepare to stop their vehicle when they see an amber light or bear the consequences of their negligence.
Penalties For Running A Red Light
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To detect speedsters, Red Light Cameras (RLC) are already installed at traffic lights islandwide to capture drivers beating the red light. These cameras will automatically photograph two pictures to document the violation – The first picture will show the vehicle just on the edge of the intersection while the second will show the vehicle in the middle of the intersection.
In their attempt to strengthen deterrence against irresponsible driving, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has implemented much harsher penalties for running red lights earlier this year. Offenders will not only be given 12 demerit points, but the composition sum has also doubled from $200 to $400. However, P-plate drivers will have their license revoked with immediate effect.
In addition, prominent warning signs have been put up ahead of all speed camera zones, and speeding enforcement cameras are painted in bright orange. The locations of all these cameras are listed here. The Traffic Police has also tried out blinker lights to warn motorists before they enter speed enforcement zones which will be progressively implemented island-wide by 2022.
Penalties For Speeding
For repeat offenders who have been convicted at least twice for exceeding the speed limit by more than 40 km/h, enhanced penalties under section 67(A) of the Road Traffic Act may be imposed. In this case, the court may exercise its discretion to sentence a repeat offender to up to 3 times the punishment that he would otherwise be liable for, subject to an imprisonment term of up to 10 years.
Speed Limits In Singapore
The Land Transport Authority has also imposed speed limits for different types of vehicles on the road:
In Singapore, the speed limit also depends on the characteristics of the road, the profile of road users and the surrounding land use. For example, if the road contains plenty of contours and turns, the speed limit for the road would be lower. On top of that, the speed of all motor vehicles travelling in a silver zone should not exceed 40 km/h.