HIT AND RUN CASES DOWN DUE TO FEAR OF VIDEOS AND ONLINE SHAMING

Hit and run cases in Singapore have decreased in recent years as drivers are now more wary of being caught on video.

Last year, 136 cases of hit-and-run cases were reported, which is consistent with the figure in 2013 and a drop of 11 percent from 152 cases in 2012.

Some of these videos have been uploaded onto online shaming platforms, such as Singapore Reckless Drivers on Facebook.

Singaporeans are also sending more accident videos to the Traffic Police (TP). In 2013, TP received around 1000 videos of accidents from drivers.

Insurers recommend that motorists install in-vehicle cameras to protect themselves in hit-and-run cases. The videos help in identifying culprits and may help to get them to pay for the damage. Even if the offenders are not able to be identified, the videos could help prove that the vehicle owner was not at fault. And this would help owners hold on to their insurance discount.

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