SINGAPORE: More people were caught breaking traffic laws in the first nine months of this year, with 4,532 traffic violations recorded through covert operations from January to September, triple that of the same period last year.
The Traffic Police (TP) also said it is paying more attention to drivers of heavy vehicles. A total of 738 people were killed or injured in accidents involving heavy vehicles in the first half of this year, compared to 634 in the same period last year.
On Tuesday (Dec 6), TP let Channel NewsAsia tag along in a civilian car to catch offenders. Just 10 minutes in, a truck was spotted in the centre lane of the expressway. The driver was fined S$100 for failing to keep left and another S$200 for having an illegally-modified vehicle.
TP said motorcycle deaths and injuries are also on the rise. The number of motorcycle accidents that resulted in death or injury rose from 3,264 between January and September 2015 to 3,410 in the same period this year. On average, one rider or pillion passenger is killed or injured every two hours, TP said.
"Motorcyclists often suffer serious injuries or even death during accidents as they are not protected by the shell of their vehicles," said Deputy Commanding Officer of TP's Patrol Unit John Chan. "On the contrary, heavy vehicles have higher propensity to cause severe hurt or fatality whenever they are involved in accidents. In this aspect, heavy vehicle drivers must do their part, such as checking their blind spot and not speeding."