More than 1,000 motorists caught beating red lights by new digital camera system

SINGAPORE - An upgraded digital red light camera system has caught 1,175 motorists for beating red lights, barely three months after it was set up.

In March, the police starting operating a new generation of digital cameras, that do away with film, at five traffic junctions.

Installation has been completed at 30 junctions and the upgrading of all 240 red light cameras will be completed by June next year, said the police on Sunday evening.

These cameras work round the clock and the digital photos of errant motorists can be retrieved remotely, unlike the older cameras which rely on film that have to be physically replaced when they run out.

The 30 junctions with the upgraded cameras include those along major roads such as Victoria Street and Ang Mo Kio Avenue 1.

Almost 18,800 motorists were caught by the police for beating red lights last year, up slightly from about 18,700 in 2012.

The digital red light cameras are part of a broader plan by the police to use more cameras in law enforcement, including having them installed in patrol cars, in Housing Board estates and even worn by policemen during operations.