New initiatives for safer roads

New initiatives for safer roads

OneShift Editorial Team
OneShift Editorial Team
11 Mar 2013

Unveiling the new Safer Roads Singapore strategy in Parliament, Mr Iswaran declared that there will be an increased presence of Traffic Police officers on the roads with 70 more officers being deployed, bringing the total patrol strength to 210. The number of red light and speed cameras installed across the island will rise from 240 to 300 by the end of 2014, with existing cameras being digitised so that summons can be processed faster.

A tougher stance has been adopted against reckless driving within school zones, with the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) punishing motorists with an additional demerit point if offences are committed within zones marked by the distinctive red textured surfaces and ‘School Zone’ signs. The extra demerit point could cause a new driver on probation to have his licence revoked, as he would be slapped with 13 demerit points instead of 12 for running a red light within a school zone.

Besides increased enforcement efforts, the Traffic Police is aiming to improve education for motorcyclists and drivers by offering relevant courses to them. All new motorcyclists will have to attend a mandatory Expressway Familiarisation Ride course from June this year. Previously, the course was optional for new Class 2B licence holders.

A new Safe Driving Course has also been introduced by the Traffic Police. Targeted at offenders who have accumulated 12 or more demerit points, the voluntary course aims to correct unsafe road habits. Participants who have successfully completed it will have 3 demerit points deducted from their record.

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