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Traffic Police looking at incentives instead of deterrents for safer driving

Published on May 6, 2013 10:19 AM
 
Traffic Police officers issuing a summons to the driver (right) of a trailer for not wearing safety belt, during a three-and-a-half hour operation in the Tuas area targetting heavy vehicle offenders. -- ST FILE PHOTO: SEAH KWANG PENG

When the Traffic Police stop a motorist on the road in future, the slip they hand out may be a petrol voucher for good driving, instead of a summons for a violation. An appeal against a penalty for a traffic violation may also only be granted for "extenuating conditions" such as medical emergencies.

These are some of the initiatives the Traffic Police are exploring to inculcate safer road habits, as part of Safer Roads Singapore. As part of the movement as well, the first Singapore Road Safety month was launched on Monday morning by Second Minister for Home Affairs S. Iswaran.

During the next four weeks, fleet owners in the transport industry, motorcyclists, the elderly, and students will be reminded of safe road habits through several events. These groups are being targeted for this campaign.

A collaboration between the Singapore Road Safety Council(SRSC) and the Traffic police, the initiative was launched in line with the United Nations global road safety week this week. Chairman of SRSC Bernard Tay emphasised during a press conference that there will be ongoing efforts beyond the month, and that the initiative is likely to be an annual one.