Cameras calculating travel time to be deployed to put brakes on speeding motorists

To keep a tab on errant drivers, Traffic Police in Singapore is all set to deploy new cameras that record the time a vehicle takes to travel between two points.

The trial will start with Tanah Merah Coast Road as the cameras will be set up in the first quarter of next year. This stretch was picked first as the 5km Tanah Merah Coast Road which has a speed limit of 70kmh has high susceptibility to speeding and illegal racing.

Tanah Merah Coast Road in Singapore
Tanah Merah Coast Road which has a speed limit of 70kmh has high susceptibility to speeding and illegal racing. Photo courtesy: DirTraction

This new system will allow the system to calculate the average speed of a vehicle within an enforcement zone. These cameras will replace the old ones in use since 1992.

While talking about the new cameras, Sam Tee, TP Commander, Senior Assistant Commissioner of Police, said, “It is a long and straight road … And there will be a lot of construction coming up. This is a road we are very much concerned (about) … Heavy vehicles mixed with cyclists is not a very good recipe for safety.” 

Traffic Police announced the move recently after releasing the annual statistics on the number of accidents involving speeding. The reports suggest that the numbers have fallen by 10.4 per cent to 1081 cases, while the number of killing someone has also fallen from 48 to 40 continuing a downward trend from 2014.

Traffic Police of Singapore hasn’t identified other locations yet but they claimed to assess roads based on their accident risk.

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