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Impose stiff penalty on errant drivers

We are increasingly seeing more deaths on our roads.

The drivers responsible, however, have often been leniently punished with either a fine or a short jail term.

This punishment is disproportionate to the crime that has been committed. Let us not forget that someone died because of a driver's carelessness or disregard.

Driving is a privilege that many people take for granted. Sadly, there is a lot of irresponsible and inconsiderate driving nowadays.

We should consider imposing a harsher penalty for fatal accidents - being jailed for life. This may be the only way to get drivers to improve their poor driving habits.

Drivers in Britain who kill other road users while using their mobile phones, speeding or driving under the influence of alcohol will soon face a life sentence.

I hope the Singapore Government will follow suit.

At the end of the day, we just want safer roads for everyone.

Chua Boon Hou

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on October 22, 2017, with the headline 'Impose stiff penalty on errant drivers'. Print Edition | Subscribe