In Singapore, unless indicated, the
speed limit is 50 kph. If you exceed the speed limit
by more than 40 kph, the offence is not compoundable.
It means, if you are caught speeding at 95 kph (in a
50 kph area), you have to go to court to plead guilty
and pay a fine (about $600).
You will also get 18 demerit points. If
you already have 4 demerit points earlier, you would
have accumulated 24 demerit points. Technically, you
are already suspended from driving. You may have to
attend and pass a one-day driving course (costing
around $70). After that, you may be allowed to drive
on the condition that you do not commit a traffic
offence for a stipulated period.
SPEEDING CAN CAUSE SERIOUS PROBLEMS
Recently a man
was caught on camera speeding at more than 130kph,
exceeding the speed limit of 70kph. Under traffic
rules, if a driver exceeds the speed limit by more
than 60kph, he will be fined and slapped with 24
demerit points. It means he will be suspended from
driving (having reached 24 demerit points). In this
case, when the driver received a summons from the
traffic police, he filled the form declaring that he
was the driver when the offence was committed. In
Court, he told the judge that it was his wife who was
driving the car at the time of the offence. The judge
ordered an investigation into whether false
declaration has been made. The police are
investigating. A person making false declaration to
authorities can be jailed for up to two weeks.
man who was driving his four colleagues home after a
late-night party rammed into a highway guard rail
while doing 120 kph. The crash killed a passenger and
injured the other three passengers. He was sentenced
to five months' jail and disqualified from driving
any vehicle for 10 years after he had admitted
causing the death through a rash act. Two charges of
causing hurt by a rash act and one of causing
grievous hurt were taken into consideration during
accident took place in the early hours of Jan 25 as
he sped along East Coast Parkway in a Honda Accord.
His passengers were asleep. The group had earlier
attended a company party at Pasir Ris.
lost control of his car and it veered to the left of
the highway, crashing into the metal railing at the
road shoulder. The front of the car mounted the
railing and spun in a clockwise direction before
coming to a halt, facing oncoming traffic. The impact
ejected him and the two-backseat passengers nearest
to the doors from the vehicle. The collision was so
forceful that the driver's door; front and back
bumpers, exhaust pipe, engine and two front wheels
were detached from the car.
mitigation, the defence counsel said that his client
and his colleagues were good friends and he was
devastated by the tragedy. He could have been jailed
for up to two years.