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3378 drivers caught speeding on new KPE


Speeding Activities in the Kallang-Paya Lebar Expressway (KPE)

Since the opening of Phase 1 of the Kallang-Paya Lebar Expressway (KPE) on 26 October 2007, the speed cameras installed in the KPE tunnel have captured a total of 3,378 vehicles speeding above the prescribed road speed limit of 70km/h in the first six days.
This represents a daily average of 563 speeding vehicles, or 3% of the total number of vehicles that traveled in the tunnel.
The speed profile of the speeding vehicles is as follows:
  1. Above 70km/h and up to 110km/h – 3,333 vehicles
  2. Above 110km/h – 45 vehicles
  3. The maximum speed registered was more than twice the prescribed road speed limit of 70km/h.
Speeding is a major cause of serious accidents. In 2006 alone, there were 1,656 fatal or injury speed-related accidents on the roads, where 70 persons were killed. Traffic Police view all speeding offences seriously and will not hesitate to take action against reckless speedsters who not only endanger their own lives, but also those of other road users.
The penalties for speeding are severe. Offenders who exceed the prescribed speed limit by up to 40km/h can compound the offence for a varying amount between $130 and $200. They will also be given between 4 and 8 demerit points.
Offenders who exceed the prescribed speed limit by more than 40km/h will be prosecuted in court and be given between 12 and 24 demerit points. If convicted, they will be fined up to $1,000, or jailed up to 3 months. In the case of a second or subsequent offence, they will be fined up to $2,000, or jailed up to 6 months.
Any accident in a road tunnel is potentially catastrophic. Motorists who ignore road safety and indulge in speeding are only putting themselves and other road users at great risk.
While the majority of motorists do keep within the prescribed speed limits, it is Traffic Police’s wish that all road users will abide by traffic rules at all times whether the police are present or not. Think twice before you floor the accelerator. This can save your life!
02 November 2007 at 6.30pm

Source: Media Release 2 Nov 2007

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