In your article, you mention that they use cameras mounted in the van to take evidence of you using mobile device.
What u dun know is, they have this thing called 'DATA SENSORS' mounted to the sides of their vehicle which can presumably see if your mobile phone got use data while the driver is driving.
So just reminder, do not use your handphone when these vehicles are near you, even if they cannot take picture of you, they can monitor your phone data usage to convict you of using handphone.
TRAFFIC POLICE USING HIDDEN CAMERA SYSTEM TO CATCH ERRANT DRIVERS
For those who are driving, please take note: Traffic Police will dispatch 3 (Vans) and 1 (Car). All unmarked vehicles. They are equipped with the latest hidden camera technology to nap drivers who do not put seat belts and use mobile phones while driving.
- PA 9772 B - White Van Nissan
- PA 7836 D - Dark Blue Toyota
- PA 9976 K - Black Nissan
- QX 80 M - Silver Toyota Altis
Please spread to the relatives and friends in order to avoid penalty. As the duration of operation will cover the upcoming Chinese New Year public holidays, all drivers please beware or you may end up having a sad sad CNY holiday.
NEW ROAD RULES TO START FROM FEB: JAIL FOR HOLDING HAND PHONE WHILE DRIVING
New amendments to the Road Traffic Act were proposed in August last year suggesting to make road rules stricter on the use of a hand phone while driving.
The new amendments have just been passed in parliament and will come in to effect on Feb 1st.
Some of the new provision include making it completely illegal to hold a mobile phone or tablet or similar electronic device while driving.
Previously, the act only covered making phone calls and texting but now all other functions such as checking social media, watching videos, emailing, or even checking maps on your hand phone while driving will be illegal.
The act will cover all hand-held mobile devices including tablets and laptops.
Drivers don’t even need to actually use it, they are not allowed to even hold one in their hand while driving, and driving also includes being stopped at red lights.
There are however, some concessions in the new laws to allow for the hands-free use of such devices. This means that they can be mounted to the car so that you don’t need to hold it. This will be particularly useful if you intend to use your phone’s map software.
Under the new laws, the penalties for such offences will also be increased with a jail term possible.
First-offenders can be fined up to $1,000 and jailed 6 months while repeat offenders will see up to double this penalty.
The new laws will be monitored by authorities and changes will be made as necessary. In particular if new devices come out which are deemed to also pose a safety risk while driving, they may be included into the new act.
Separately, the amendments also cover other issues including the introduction of a new road safety course which may allow drivers to deduct up to three demerit points.
Drivers will also be obliged to leave their details and contact information should they cause an accident even if no one is around. While this is common courtesy, it will be a legal requirement under the new amendments and you could now be fined for failing to leave your particulars.
Foreigners will now need to take a driving test here in order to convert their foreign license to drive here within 6 months of getting a work pass here.
50 NEW DIGITAL CAMERAS SET UP TO CATCH S’POREANS SPEEDING AND RUNNING RED LIGHTS
The Land Transport Authority and traffic police are ramping up enforcement efforts to catch more motorists speeding and beating red lights.
20 new digital speed cameras are being installed by the end of the year as well as another 30 digital red light cameras.
The speeding cameras are being put up in 11 different locations including Loyang Avenue towards Tampines Avenue 7, PIE towards East Coast Parkway and Upper Thomson Road towards Lornie Road.
8 of the cameras have already been put up and will be turned on from March 1st, the rest will slowly be put up by the end of the year.
The existing mobile and fixed laser speed cameras will continue to operate 24/7 but the traffic police also explained that they are easily spotted as they are colourfully painted.
The extra enforcement actions are being taken as there has been a 6.5% increase I the number of speeding tickets given in 2014 compared to 2013. There were also 42 fatalities associated with speeding last year, up from 39 the year before.
There were also 4 fatalities associated with motorists who ran the red light which is less than the 8 in 2013.
The total number of fatal road accidents remained almost the same with 149 in 2014 compared to 150 in 2013.
Despite the slight drops in fatal accidents, in total, the rise in speeding offences has worried the traffic police enough to spend more building more cameras to catch motorists.
With the stepped up enforcements, it is also expected that there will be more speeding offences recorded as a larger portion of motorists doing the wrong thing are caught.