SINGAPORE – Two new classes of road traffic offences – dangerous driving and careless driving – will be created in a bid to deter irresponsible motorists, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) said on Thursday (Feb 21). This is in tandem with the ministry’s plans to impose harsher penalties for serious offences where motorists show egregious driving behaviour and cause serious harm to victims, such as in drink-driving cases. In a statement on Thursday, MHA said it will be enhancing the criminal penalties and raising the composition fine sums for these offences. Dangerous driving offences will be distinguished from careless driving based on the manner of driving, such as whether the motorist was driving at excessively high speeds or manoeuvring his vehicle in very close proximity to other vehicles, MHA added. Other factors include whether the motorist was sleep-deprived when driving or was not in a state to drive safely, and whether the situation required the motorist to exercise extra care but he had failed to do so. The two new offences under the Road Traffic Act will correspond broadly to offences of rash act and negligent act under the Penal Code. Each offence will have four tiers of severity,… Read full this story
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