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Five motorists to face court for traffic offenses leading to grievous injuries in Singapore

Five motorists, aged 31 to 60, will be charged in Singapore for driving offenses causing serious injuries on 16 August. The incidents involved negligence at signalized crossings and traffic junctions.

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SINGAPORE: In a recent announcement by the Singapore Police Force on Tuesday, five motorists are set to face legal action due to driving offences that led to serious injuries.

These individuals, whose ages range between 31 and 60, will be presented before the court on 16 August 2023.

Of the five, four men have been implicated with the charge of “driving without due care or reasonable consideration, causing grievous hurt.”

The remaining individual faces charges of “dangerous driving causing hurt.” Investigations have revealed that these motorists reportedly overlooked or failed to halt at designated pedestrian crossings, leading to grave injuries for several road users.

A detailed breakdown of the incidents is as follows:

  • 19 January 2023: A 60-year-old man, while driving his van along Defu Lane 12 at the Hougang Avenue 3 junction, crashed into a cyclist. The forthcoming charge will be based on Sec 65(3) of the Road Traffic Act 1961 for driving without showing reasonable consideration that resulted in serious injury.
  • 30 March 2023: As a 50-year-old was driving on Central Exchange Green en route to One North Crescent, he neglected to maintain a proper lookout near Portsdown Road and disregarded a stop line. This oversight led to a collision with a taxi, causing it to spin and severely injuring the taxi driver. Due to a previous charge from 2 May 2002 under the Road Traffic Act Chapter 276, Sec 65, his current charge will be framed under Sec 65(3) read with Sec 65(6)(d) of the Road Traffic Act 1961. Pictures from the scene are available for reference.
  • 10 April 2023: A mishap occurred on Jalan Besar when a 31-year-old van driver did not comply with a red light near Rowell Road, leading to an accident with two elderly pedestrians. The charge for this incident is based on Sec 64(2B) of the Road Traffic Act 1961, for dangerous driving causing hurt.
  • 20 March 2023: On Kallang Paya Lebar Expressway (KPE) heading towards Marina Coastal Expressway (MCE), a 45-year-old car driver’s lack of caution while lane-switching caused a crash with a motorcyclist. The motorcycle rider was severely injured. The charge is framed under Sec 65(3) of the Road Traffic Act 1961.
  • 27 August 2022: At the Tampines Street 61 and Tampines Avenue 6 cross junction, a 36-year-old male driver made a discretionary right turn, hitting a pedestrian who was crossing on a green signal. The pedestrian was seriously injured, and the driver will be charged under Sec 65(3) of the Road Traffic Act 1961.

The Traffic Police emphasized their stringent stance against reckless driving that jeopardizes the safety of motorists and other road users. All drivers are strongly encouraged to obey traffic regulations to ensure road safety for all. Errant drivers will face strict legal consequences.

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