SINGAPORE: With the new school term starting Thursday, the Traffic Police will impose stiffer penalties on errant motorists who have been caught committing traffic offences within school zones.
The revised penalties will take effect from 1 January.
Seven demerit points will be given for careless driving, instead of 6.
For inconsiderate driving, the demerit points given will be 10, up from 9.
For failure to conform to traffic light signal, errant motorists will be given 13 demerit points, instead of 12.
The demerit points given for speeding will range between 5 and 24, instead of 4 and 24.
The maximum number of demerit points is capped at 24 points. The suspension of driving licence will take place after a motorist has accumulated 24 or more demerit points within 24 months.
The Traffic Police said the introduction of stiffer penalties is aimed at deterring motorists from committing traffic violations that can endanger the lives of vulnerable road users like young children and students, who use the roads within the vicinity of the schools.
Principals of all primary schools and special schools located within school zones have been informed of this new enforcement initiative.
The Traffic Police will be working with schools to disseminate related information and advisory to parents and guardians of students when schools reopen in January 2014. - CNA/xq
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