Singapore imposes stiffer penalties for school zone traffic offences: The traffic police in Singapore will impose stiffer penalties on motorists who are caught committing traffic violations within school zones beginning with the upcoming term, according to reports.
The new school term starts on Thursday in the city-state, with the revised penalties taking effect on January 1, 2014.
For careless driving, 7 demerit points will be given instead of 6, said reports.
The demerit points for inconsiderate driving will increase from 9 to 10.
For the failure to conform to a traffic light signal, 13 demerit points will be given to errant motorist instead of 12.
Speeding demerit points will range from between 5 and 24, rather than 4 and 24.
The maximum number of demerit points a motorist can receive is capped at 24. When a person accumulates 24 or more demerit points within a 24 month period, their driving licence will be suspended, said a Channel News Asia report.
The Traffic Police announced that the aim of introducing stiffer penalties is to deter motorists from committing traffic offences that could endanger the lives of vulnerable road users such as young children and students who use the roads within the vicinity of their schools.
They also said that the principals of all primary school and special schools located within school zones have been informed of the new enforcement initiatives
The Traffic Police said they will be working with the schools to disseminate related information and advisories to the parents and guardians of students at the time of the reopening of schools in January 2014 for the upcoming term.