Don't use your mobile phone while driving: Traffic Police's stealth bikers share common offences they spot on the road

A driver using his mobile phone while driving on the expressway.
A driver using his mobile phone while driving on the expressway. PHOTO: SCREENGRAB FROM FACEBOOK VIDEO

SINGAPORE - Using mobile phones while driving, heavy vehicles speeding and failing to keep left, reckless riding - these are some of the common offences that the Traffic Police's new road enforcers have encountered while out on patrol since June.

In a video posted on the Facebook page of Use Your RoadSense on Monday (Aug 8), the Traffic Police (TP) revealed footage of how its "stealth bike" team identifies the offences and in one case, chased down an errant motorcyclist for dangerous riding and speeding.

The two-minute clip has since racked up over 300,000 views and more than 7,200 shares.

"These 'men in black' look out for common traffic offences, such as driving while using the handphone, and ensure that motorists are ever-alert on the roads - a timely reminder not to #PokemonGo and drive," the post said.

The Singapore Police Force, which shared the video on its Facebook page, said that the traffic situation continues to show improvements in various areas, but there remain a minority of road users who endanger the lives of others.

 

It added: "The TP will continue to take strict enforcement against such errant motorists even as we focus on education and enforcement efforts; reminding them that all road users have a role to play in keeping our roads safe."

Also called covert officers, the TP's stealth bikers have been on the roads since June, in an attempt to clamp down on road offenders.

Clad in black jackets, the officers ride black 900c motorcycles that are easier to manoeuvre and have proven effective in curbing errant motorcyclists.

Here are the penalties errant motorists could incur for the following offences

Driving while using mobile communication devices

First offence: Fine up to $1,000 or imprisonment of up to six months, or both
Repeat offence: Fine up to $2,000 or imprisonment up to 12 months, or both

Speeding

Fine up to $200 and up to 24 demerit points

Reckless/dangerous driving

First offence: Fine up to $3,000 or imprisonment up to 12 months, or both
Repeat offence: Fine up to $5,000 or imprisonment up to two years, or both