The Straits Times
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Published on Dec 22, 2012
 

Cameras should warn against speeding, not trap motorists

 
 

I AGREE with Mr Emmanuel Daniel ("Wrong to hide speed cameras from motorists"; Thursday).

The idea of speed cameras is to warn motorists not to exceed the speed limit in certain roads - either because they are in built-up housing areas or are accident-prone - so as to ensure road safety for both motorists and pedestrians.

If this is the objective, then speed cameras and their warning signboards should be conspicuous and not hidden from the sight of motorists, so that they are forewarned not to exceed the speed limit as those particular stretches of road are dangerous.

In Britain, speed cameras and the signboards warning of their presence are painted a conspicuous orange colour to warn motorists not to speed. But in Singapore, the colours used are grey and blue, which are less outstanding.

The aim of speed cameras is to promote road safety and warn against speeding, not trap motorists and fine them.

In the interest of road safety and out of fairness to motorists, the Traffic Police should repaint speed cameras and warning signboards orange, as Britain does.

Tony Lee