Updated: 02/01/2013 02:37

Errant drivers could face harsher penalties; more cameras & officers to be deployed



Errant drivers could face harsher penalties; more cameras & officers to be deployed

Errant drivers could face harsher penalties, while more speed cameras will be installed and more Traffic Police officers will deployed to make the roads safer. 

Second Minister for Home Affairs S Iswaran said these are possible areas that are being looked into by the authorities. 

Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of a visit to the Police Security Command on Thursday, Mr Iswaran highlighted concerns such as speeding and beating the red light. 

He said the authorities will step up road safety in areas that are more prone to accidents and better protect road users, such as young and elderly pedestrians. 

Mr Iswaran said besides enforcement and penalties, road users have to be educated. 

His comments come on the heels of an accident in Tampines on Monday, when two boys died after they were hit by a cement mixer. 

Asked about a suggestion by Tampines GRC MP Baey Yam Keng to re-route heavy vehicles in residential estates, Mr Iswaran said it's not possible to completely avoid having heavy vehicles going through residential areas. 

He said heavy vehicle drivers have to understand their responsibilities because the accidents they could be involved in have more severe consequences.

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