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Tampines crash sparks calls for harsher penalties against reckless driving

Monday’s Tampines crash reignites calls for stricter penalties against reckless driving in Singapore. Past cases, like the 2016 AYE incident, saw sentences ranging from 1 to over 2 years for drivers causing fatalities.



On Monday (22 April) morning, a fatal multi-vehicle crash unfolded at the intersection of Tampines Avenue 1 and Tampines Avenue 4, claiming two lives.

Among the deceased is a 17-year-old student at Temasek Junior College, while the other victim is identified as a 57-year-old female passenger in a van. Both succumbed to their injuries after admission to the hospital.

The Singaporean community mourns the loss of two lives: Temasek JC student Afifah Munirah Binte Muhammad Azril and 57-year-old victim Norzihan Bte Hj Juwahib, an employee of a pest control company.

Ms Norzihan had recently realized her dream of owning a home by purchasing a two-room flat in Sengkang just three months ago before the accident.

Observing comments on Singapore’s state media, many netizens express sadness upon hearing the news, offering condolences to the deceased’s family.

Additionally, some call for authorities to investigate the culprit behind the fatal accident and advocate for heavier punishment for reckless drivers.

As reported by 8World News earlier, police have confirmed that a 42-year-old male driver is currently cooperating with the ongoing investigation into the accident.

Road fatalities in Singapore surpass pre-pandemic levels in 2023

Singapore witnessed a distressing increase in road fatalities in 2023, with 136 lives lost, marking a significant 25.9% rise from the 108 deaths recorded in 2022 and the highest since 2017.

The Traffic Police’s (TP) annual statistical report, released on 20 February, reveals a concerning uptick in fatal accidents involving speeding, drunk driving, and running red lights.

Motorcyclists and their pillion riders constitute half of the total road fatalities, whereas nearly 20% of the deceased were elderly pedestrians, underscoring their vulnerability on the roads.

To combat this, the TP will increase fines and demerit points for specific traffic offences, details of which will be disclosed later in the year.

The statistics are stark: speeding-related fatal accidents surged by 83.3%, from 18 cases in 2022 to 33 in 2023, leading to 37 deaths—an 85% increase from the previous year’s 20 fatalities.

In response, the TP has announced plans to enhance enforcement measures, including integrating speed enforcement with red light cameras starting the next quarter.

The TP will also increase fines and demerit points for specific traffic offences, details of which will be disclosed later in the year.

According to the Singapore Police, motorists who engage in irresponsible driving behaviours that jeopardize the safety of others on the road will face prosecution and more severe penalties.

Under section 64 of the Road Traffic Act, those found guilty of causing death by dangerous driving can expect a minimum of two years and a maximum of eight years imprisonment, along with a mandatory minimum disqualification from driving for 10 years.

For causing death by driving without due care or consideration, offenders may face up to 3 years imprisonment and/or a fine of up to $10,000 for a first-time offence, coupled with a minimum disqualification from driving for 8 years.

Furthermore, under section 304A(a) of the Penal Code, motorists held responsible for causing death through reckless acts can be sentenced to a maximum of 5 years’ imprisonment, a fine, or both.

Precedent punishments for accused involved in fatal accidents

In July 2021, a motorist travelling at speeds of up to 215 km/h along the Central Expressway (CTE) caused an accident resulting in the death of a motorcyclist and involving four other vehicles.

In May 2023, the 35-year-old Ng Wen Xun pleaded guilty to two charges under the Road Traffic Act and was sentenced to 30 months in jail and disqualified from holding or obtaining all classes of driving licences for 10 years from her release date.

In December 2019, a 66-year-old permanent resident, working as a private-hire car driver at the time, was involved in the Lucky Plaza crash that claimed the lives of two women.

During the incident, the Malaysian offender, Chong Kim Hoe, made an unauthorized U-turn at the junction of Jalan Kayu Manis.

His attempt to correct the manoeuvre resulted in mounting the pedestrian pathway along Nutmeg Road, leading to a collision with six women.

In September 2021, the Deputy Public Prosecutor (DPP) urged the court to impose a sentence of two to three years’ imprisonment and a 10-year disqualification from driving all classes of vehicles for Chong.

In his defence, Chong’s lawyer pleaded for leniency, highlighting that the accused did not flee the scene, took responsibility, and rendered assistance to the victims to the best of his ability.

Ultimately, Chong was sentenced to two years and six months imprisonment and disqualified from driving all classes of vehicles for 10 years.

2016 Fatal AYE crash: Mercedes-Benz driver sentenced to one year’s jail

In December 2016, Lim Chai Heng, a businessman driving a Mercedes-Benz, recklessly travelled against the flow of traffic on the Ayer Rajah Expressway (AYE), resulting in one fatality and four injuries.

On the morning of 19 Dec 2016, Lim was driving his son from their home in Hougang to his son’s new workplace on Depot Road.

Despite his son’s advice to take the Braddell Road exit to avoid Electronic Road Pricing charges, Lim continued driving on the AYE towards Tuas, ignoring his son’s pleas to exit.

Approximately 23 kilometres later, Lim reached the Tuas Checkpoint and attempted a dangerous three-point turn, driving against oncoming traffic. Accelerating to speeds of up to 147 km/h, Lim collided with other vehicles, resulting in the death of actor Jackie Liong Kuo Hwa.

A psychiatric assessment revealed that Lim was suffering from acute psychosis at the time, leading to impaired judgment and irrational behaviour.

Despite appearing in control of his vehicle, the court deemed Lim’s actions irrational.

Initially charged with causing death by dangerous driving, the charge was later upgraded to culpable homicide.

However, Judicial Commissioner Vincent Hoong acknowledged Lim’s reduced culpability due to his mental condition, stating that deterrence held limited weight in such cases.

In November 2019, Lim was sentenced to one year in jail and banned from driving for 12 years.


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You die your own biz, GDP more important.
If crack down, all those FT drivers get revoke how?
Who is going to do their job?
You, locals?😆😆😆😆😆

Not naming or ID the driver…was he drunk or mentally challenged?
Foreigner…??? Afraid of riots like the little india one??

Still no details of the killer-driver? Not even color of his shirt (which in a previous case, ST was allowed to release info.)

Recall also previous case of taxi making a misjudged right turn at Clementi-Commonwealth junction, killing a student. Yes, lots of details about the taxi driver and student. But little news about the car/driver which was speeding when hitting the taxi. Yes the car had right of way, but that stretch of road approaching traffic can see the junction from about 300m; should slow down when driver see the taxi making the turn.

If I run around with a sharp object say a knife and accidentally langar into people along the way and kill several of them, will I be similarly charged? Here we have someone driving a car weighing several tons (at least) at high speed recklessly and kill people and ….???

Yes let’s stop reckless driving by bringing to task all reckless drivers. Whether they commit their crimes on empty roads or busy intersections.

No more excuses.

The case of those reckless motorists who caused death in any traffic accident, must be treated as murder and they must be liable to be hanged. For those reckless motorists causing injuries, must be liable to be caned. Caning also for those motorists who race, beat red-light or any other act that endanger other road users. As for terrorist act, straight away go to the firing squad. All those ministers and their families have bodyguard protection while we commoners have none. The vote is in our hand. Do the right thing to push this Sgov to do something humane and… Read more »

In SG, it al depends on your connected status. If you’re somewhat connected, the identity and level of justice will vary. It also depends if you’re one of the protected nationalities from you know where. Currently OBS is part of the ongoing case but he was mentioned only a few times. Why? I think everyone knows why. Good ol Izzy has been whacked with evidence but the case is moving at a snail’s pace. Why? I think everyone knows why. There are 2 sets of justice system in SG. It all depends on your connection and which category is allotted… Read more »

The white Mercedes is being harrassed for dunno what reason YET the identity of the Black Saab Driver is still missing or withheld. Why?!?

Can you tell me WHY the Black Saab Driver information is still embargoed after the horrific accidents. So WHO is trying to hide the info.

Please dun use the cult reason to refrain from reporting cos I dun buy it.

Unless one is living in a cave or his she’ll for 10s of years – it’s so OBVIOUS the PAP has all been SOLEY FOCUSING on, DIRECTING State Funds at, CLINGING to their POWER, their MEGA Salaries, their LUXURIOUS Bungalow Living (recently) via INTENSELY HOW to USE State or Govt Services for selfish aims TO DESTROY legitimate OPPO MPs, CRIMP citizens RIGHTS, ABUSE citizens Constitutional Liberties. Can there BE time and FOCUS on other living matters, some of which ARE CRUCIAL to death and living, like FOR EXAMPLE Foreigners CRASHING onto SG to STEAL JOBS, steal Bank Jobs, I T… Read more »