Drivers in Singapore have gone through the basic and advanced theory test as well as multiple driving lessons before going for a practical test and getting their driving license.
After many years of driving, bad habits form resulting in accidents, fines, suspensions and many other punishments that happen on the road. Some drivers have even gone to jail for reckless driving causing serious injuries or death.
Traffic laws were intended to address the cause of accidents and prevent drivers from committing driving offences. This article talks about the top 3 driving offences in Singapore and what drivers can do to avoid them.
The Most Common Traffic Offences
1. Top Driving Offence - Speeding
66,270 cases of speeding violations were reported in the first half of this year.
For exceeding the speed limits by 1-20km/h, drivers will be subject to a $150 fine, as well as four demerit points.
Six points will be had on your licence for exceeding speed limits by 21 – 30km/h, and a fine of $200. For exceeding speed limits by 31 – 40km/h, you’ll be fined $300, and have eight points put on your licence.
Exceeding speed limits of more than 41km/h, and will be asked to attend court and a possible license suspension.
2. Second Top Driving Offence - Running a Red Light
23,952 cases of red-light running violations have been reported by the Traffic Police. This only a slight 0.8% decrease over last year’s figure of 24,147.
3. Third top Driving Offence - Drink-Driving
724 drivers have been arrested for drink-driving in the first half of 2021, a 7.7% increase over the 672 in the same timeframe last year.
Accidents caused by drivers under the influence also went up, by 20.3%, from 64 to 77 of 1H 2021.
How to Avoid Driving Offences
It is helpful to get reminders about speed limits and red light cameras that are integrated with voice warning systems that can serve to tell you that you are speeding or approaching a red light. Many times as drivers, we switch into automatic mode and drive without caution.
Such technologies can help drivers stay alert and avoid speeding or running red lights
Had a drink and thinking about risking it and still driving home? That is irresponsible behaviour that can cause accidents, risking your life and that of other road users.
You can always use a Drive Home Service where a valet driver can be activated on demand to pick you and your car home. Prices start from $50 per trip with $10 for each additional location. This is not expensive considering what you could potentially lose - your life or your license.
Driving should be an enjoyable experience. We hope you will remember the dangers on the road and be a responsible driver by taking precautions to avoid on the wrong side of the law.