I WAS CAUGHT SPEEDING

Dear editors,

I was involved in a Court Case for speeding – I had exceeded 40 km/h driving at 110+ on a 60km/h road. It was after 10PM and there were very few cars on the road, so I stepped on it wanting to get back home quick.

A week later, I received a nasty letter of summons from Singapore Traffic Police asking me to attend Court. At the Sub Court, there were loads of other people in the same boat as me.

Thankfully, I was fined just $500 and slapped with a 12 points Demerit.

There was another sucker who was fined $1000 and suspended from driving for 1 year.

In Singapore, crime just doesn’t pay!

Unlucky Singaporean

Here is a list of common traffic offenses In Singapore:

SPEEDING:
Exceeding 01 – 20km/h = $130 Fine + 4 Demerit Points.
Exceeding 21 – 30km/h = $150 Fine + 6 Demerit Points.
Exceeding 31 – 40km/h = $180 Fine + 8 Demerit Points.
Exceeding 41 – 50km/h = more than $200 Fine + 12 Demerit Points + Court
Exceeding 51 – 60km/h = more than $200 Fine + 18 Demerit Points + Court
Exceeding More Than 61km/h = more than $200 Fine + 24 Demerit Points + Court.

DRIVING OFFENCES:
Failing to Put On Seat Belt = $120 Fine + 3 Demerit points
Crossing Double White Lines = $130 Fine + 4 Demerit Points
Careless Driving = $150 Fine + 6 Demerit Points
Inconsiderate Driving! = $170 Fine + 9 Demerit Points + Court
Dangerous Driving = more than $200 Fine + 24 Demerit Points + Court + Vehicle Compounded
Illegal Racing = more than $200 Fine + Vehicle Confiscate + Court

MOBILE PHONES:
Phone/Text and Drive = $200 Fine + 12 Demerit Points + Phone Confiscated
You cannot hold your phone in your hand when you drive, even with loud speaker and/or ear piece

DRINK DRIVING:
For First Offence = Up to $5,000 Fine and/or Jail Term + License Suspended + Court For Second Offence = Jail Term + Fine + License Suspended + Court

OTHER OFFENCES:
Fail to signal when changing lanes = $70 Fine
Making an illegal U-Turn when no U-Turn sign = $70 Fine
Driving after 7pm without headlights or taillights = $30 Fine
No number plate = $70 Fine
Obstructed or obscured number plate = $70 Fine
Number plate of unapproved type = $70 Fine

COURT CASES:
If you want to be a hero and fight the court case yourself, and you lose, you pay the court charges yourself, which will add to your fine.
Court charges are at least $200 and above.

DEMERIT POINT SYSTEM:
Let’s say you have 0 points on 1st January 2009, and you committed the offence of ‘Failing to Put On Seat Belt’.

So now, you will have 3 demerit points and this will last for one Year.
If during this one year you have no demerit point offences at all, your 3 demerit points will be gone on 1/1/2010.

But, if during this one year, from 1/1/2009 to 1/1/2010, you commit another offence with demerit points, your very first offence will be extended for another year until 1/1/2011.

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