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DRIVER BEATS RED LIGHT AND ALMOST RUNS OVER PEDESTRIANS CROSSING THE ROAD

A video emerged online showing a Toyota Vios beating a red light at a traffic crossing, and almost running over a group of pedestrians who were crossing.

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The incident happened on 6 November at about 11.40am, at a traffic stop at Eu Tong Seng Street.

The driver was seen beating the red light without even slowing down, as the pedestrians were crossing the road – the pedestrians stopped in their tracks in horror as they watched the driver wheeze them by.

Potential penalties

Beating red light

It is an offence to beat a red light in Singapore.

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Drivers found guilty of failing to conform to traffic light signals face a composition fine of $400 for light vehicles and $500 for heavy vehicles.

They also face 12 demerit points and if a driver accumulates 24 or more demerit points within 24 months, their license will be suspended.

Reckless driving

Drivers who drive in a manner that is dangerous to the public is guilty of an offence under section 64(1) of the Road Traffic Act (RTA).

Persons found guilty face a jail term of up to 1 year and/or a $5,000 fine.

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If the driver causes hurt, he faces a jail term of up to 2 years and a fine of $10,000.

If the driver caused grievous hurt, he faces a jail term of betewen 1 to 5 years and disqualified from driving for at least 8 years.

If the driver’s actions caused death, he faces a jail term of up to 2 to 8 years and disqualified from driving for at least 10 years.

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