Man arrested for driving sports car at 146kmh in Seletar Link

The male driver, believed to be in his 20s, was arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving early yesterday, in a joint operation by the Traffic Police and the LTA over New Year's Eve and New Year's Day.
The male driver, believed to be in his 20s, was arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving early yesterday, in a joint operation by the Traffic Police and the LTA over New Year's Eve and New Year's Day.PHOTO: LIANHE ZAOBAO

A blue Nissan GT-R sports car travelling at 146kmh - more than twice the legal limit - in Seletar Link was stopped by police in the early hours yesterday.

The driver, believed to be in his 20s, was arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving, in a joint operation by the Traffic Police (TP) and Land Transport Authority (LTA) over New Year's Eve and New Year's Day.

The authorities set up road blocks and conducted checks across the island to clamp down on errant motorists.

Six people were arrested for serious traffic violations such as dangerous driving and drink driving.

In total, 91 summonses were issued, of which 63 were for illegal modifications to vehicles, such as modified exhausts and headlamps. Four were for speeding and the rest were for minor traffic offences, such as driving without valid insurance.

Mr Alvin Yeo, an MP and a member of the Government Parliamentary Committee for Home Affairs and Law, said checks are needed to remind drivers to be responsible even as they celebrate.

He said: "Illegal modifications can also be inconsiderate - the headlights can be distracting to other drivers and the exhaust can be noisy in residential areas."

In general, there has been a rise in traffic offences, except for dangerous or reckless driving.

Between January and November last year, 210 motorists were arrested for reckless driving that could cause death, down from 323 in the same period in 2013.

In the first 10 months of last year, 2,588 arrests were made for drink driving, compared with 3,019 for the entire 2013, and 2,917 for the entire 2012.

The LTA dealt with an average of 1,838 cases of illegal modification every month last year until November, a 26 per cent jump from the monthly average of 1,457 for the whole of 2013.

The Straits Times understands the TP have also stepped up enforcement at illegal racing hot spots, including the areas of Orchard Road, Seletar Link and Lim Chu Kang Road.

If convicted of dangerous driving, drivers will lose their licences. First-time offenders can be fined up to $3,000 and jailed for up to a year.

Drink driving carries a punishment of a fine between $1,000 and $5,000 or six months' jail for first-time offenders.

Those guilty can also be disqualified from driving for at least a year, or lose their licences.

Those guilty of illegally modifying their vehicles face a fine of up to $1,000 or up to three months' jail for the first offence.

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