More cases of motorcycle riders flouting helmet law

Offenders face fines of up to $200 for infractions such as not securing a helmet properly or not wearing an approved one, but penalties are being tightened.
Offenders face fines of up to $200 for infractions such as not securing a helmet properly or not wearing an approved one, but penalties are being tightened.PHOTO: ST FILE

Recalcitrant drink drivers, those who drive without a licence, and those who do not wear proper helmets will face harsher punishment under changes to the Road Traffic Act. The Straits Times looks at why tougher penalties are necessary.

More motorcycle riders and pillion passengers were booked last year for helmet violations than in 2017.

There were 3,390 cases last year compared with 2,906 in 2017, but that is a stark improvement over 2016, when there were 3,989 incidents of riders flouting helmet laws.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 20, 2019, with the headline 'More cases of motorcycle riders flouting helmet law'. Print Edition | Subscribe