A better way to manage speeding

When our ruling party government sneezes, the entire population catches a cold. Our ruling party government is NEVER shy from implementing draconian laws even as soon as immediate. Heard of chewing gum?

For heavy vehicles, speed limiters including flashing lights to show they are speeding had been installed.

Millions of dollars spent on traffic cameras to catch those speedsters along our roads. Not to mentioned another couple of millions each year to man these traffic cameras, electricity and maintenance.

Then we invest from time to time upgrade on speed guns where traffic police camouflage themselves to again catch unsuspecting speedsters. These add cost to our law enforcement agencies that ultimately comes out of our public coffers.

In addition, we have traffic police on bikes, police cars and unmarked police cars to catch these speedsters. Manpower and cost of running and maintaining these vehicles are not cheap.

Then all those caught speedsters, needed to pay a fine or go to court. Administrative cost, manpower cost, logistics cost and etc. All expenses plying up.

Road traffic accidents from speeding often is associated with high impact injuries leading to higher mortality rates.

Singapore spent millions each year to host Night Formula 1 racing. It is a lost money making event. How many are inconvenienced just for the few rich and famous to have their memorable evenings? We already got a white elephant stadium after spending hundred millions re-building. Why not satisfy our speedsters by building a multipurpose year-round permanent race track? Possible locations including Oxley Road or Istana since these two attracts so much controversies.

All the above measures are just “treating the symptoms” and not “treating the root cause (disease)”.

In Japan, apparently, all private cars are limited to 180 km/h regardless if engines comes with a 5000cc engine.

However, in Singapore, even the common stock cars have speedometer capable of reaching160km/h and higher capacity cars capable of reaching excess of 300km/h. We don’t even have autobahn like those in German where roads have no speed limits.

Isn’t there a better way to manage speeding? After all, what is more painful than paying a speeding ticket and adding a few demerit points, than having to pay Fuel Tax, Fuel Surcharge Tax, 3/4 tank rule, Road Tax, compulsory third party insurance, ERP and last but not least the dreaded COE.

Time for a more pro-active government rather than one reactive government that keeps patting on their own back, glorifying their past glory.

This ruling party government, too often, practices, hentak kaki or even hentak kaki cepat, is meaningless because both actions still meant “marching on the spot. They are paid so well with a iron rice bowl which results in “muting” innovation, thinking out of the box, creativity and etc. We need a forward looking government to prepare our population for “future shock”.

 

Maria May

 

 

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21 Responses to “A better way to manage speeding”

  • I heard in SG, the highest speed limit is 60km? In China even teh smallest country roads can go that speed liao.

    Like dat buy ferrari also for show nia, even slower than a tractor in China. LOL

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  • Truth Seeker:

    Maria May may be seeing ‘green’ when her ‘lau pok kar’ got overtaken by my Lamborghini. Anyway slow doesn’t mean ‘safe’. Seen a lot of saloon cars got into troubles trying to speed.

    Sports car are made for strong traction on roads with precise maneuvering. Suggest she go see Singapore Motor Sports or F1. Then maybe she will agree that high performance cars are in fact safer. But whether slow or fast cars, driver dexterity is of utmost importance to road safety.

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  • I don't know leh:

    @TRE Techie;

    You didn’t know of the Ferrari clubs in Singapore? and their speed convoy sometimes in eastern part of Singapore? I heard they even convoyed meeting with the JB sultan and his bikes and all the king escorts.

    I thought when they are at the east, TP must be at west. You know why? I don’t know why.

    Regarding the writer, the island wide supposed to be satellite ERP going to track and record with its GPS.

    TRE Techie:
    I heard in SG, the highest speed limit is 60km? In China even teh smallest country roads can go that speed liao.

    Like dat buy ferrari also for show nia, even slower than a tractor in China. LOL

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  • Soccerbetting2:

    Reported on new Straits Times website :Quote – “MACC probes Ku Nan’s astronomical wealth
    MARCH 5, 2020 @ 5:19PM
    BY SHARANJIT SINGH

    MACC chief commissioner Latheefa Koya said graftbusters had zoomed in on Tengku Adnan’s case after his net worth was revealed in court during his ongoing corruption trial. -NSTP/SAIFULLIZAN TAMADI.
    KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian Anti Corruption Commission (MACC) has started investigations into how former Umno Treasurer Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor had accumulated wealth of almost RM1 billion.

    MACC chief commissioner Latheefa Koya said graftbusters had zoomed in on Tengku Adnan’s case after his net worth was revealed in court during his ongoing corruption trial.

    Tengku Adnan – who is popularly known as Ku Nan, had admitted that he had declared his wealth to the prime minister in 2001 total assets valued at RM938,643,566.17, and that he had made similar declarations in 2006 of assets worth RM711,325,822 and in 2013 at RM691,770,649 and finally RM782,748,061 in 2016.

    The former Federal Territories minister said this when testifying in his corruption trial where he was accused of accepting RM2 million from businessman Tan Sri Chai Kin Kong.

    Today, Tengku Adnan said RM2 million was just pocket change for him. The 69-year old Putrajaya member of parliament claimed he sold most of his companies worth hundreds of millions before becoming a full minister……. “Unquote.

    Response :Malaysia is full of corruption Ministers. Singapore should also haul out all its Ministers to openly declared out their entire personal and family members wealth! Checking Singapore Ministers for their entire personal and family wealth is a proper “checking” procedure that should be practise before the next General election is held! Check does not mean that there is any corruption in the Singapore Ministers wealth. If never check, and obviously mean if there ever is any huge corruption present in Singapore Ministers wealth, by that never checking will never be discover !!!!

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  • Partial truth?:

    Speed limit ?

    High speed limit and what happen. Just look at the amount of car accidents in Malaysia. The number of car deaths they have. Car accident cases court take as much as 10 years to judge / settle in Malaysia

    Driver dexterity ? Many of our sg “expert” driver when drive overseas e.g. Australia , Thailand , USA , Malaysia … end up serious accidents. Some in cars, some motorbikes. Usually solo but sometimes groups.

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  • 王沙野风Fan:

    Sue your remaining siblings, the siblings wife and the siblings son.

    Condoned by the sunkees.

    Ugly culture of ugly peoples.

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  • Great Asia:

    Seow!

    Every morning, at Woodlands Ave 12, I have been monitoring a few big lorries of one company that carry workers. They are speeding everyday for more than 4 years.

    So you think we still have traffic police?

    Ha ha ha!

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  • UniQ:

    Depending on what you call speeding.

    Lorries close eyes. huge 4 x 4 which is banned in Singapore are allowed to pass in our cuaseway and speeding at right lane every morning at SLE, I even seen TPs that give them a blind eye while going after a Singapore registered scooter…poor Sinkie trying to get to work on time, while a huge 4 x 4 is more dangerous on the road going like a tank giving no 2 hoods of any road users.

    I have always been talking about speeding Malaysia motorbikes, which I believe tons have kopi licence !! I just nearly hit a rider on BKE this afternoon, staying at my left blindspot for almost 3km and speed pass me on the left when i start to filter after 10seconds…ample time for him to slow down or overtake but he refuse ??

    So. many sinkies has to suffer when we hit these Malaysian registered vehicle while many local car owners could not claim a cent when an accident occurred on our roads with Malaysian registered cars and bikes. Is our law doing enough to protect us ?

    Sinkies Drivers has been crying this problem from decades to blind eyes….and now the Malaysian vehicles are getting so MUCH lawless like they ruke Singapore roads now. Don’t believe ? feel this every morning and evening on our expressway.

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  • Truth Seeker:

    Partial truth?:
    Speed limit ?

    High speed limit and what happen. Just look at the amount of car accidents in Malaysia. The number of car deaths they have. Car accident cases court take as much as 10 years to judge / settle in Malaysia

    Driver dexterity ? Many of our sg “expert” driver when drive overseas e.g. Australia , Thailand , USA , Malaysia … end up serious accidents. Some in cars, some motorbikes. Usually solo but sometimes groups.

    Those so-called “expert” drivers may also not be speeding here or elsewhere.

    Five people including 9-year-old girl injured in Lornie Road accident.

    https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/accident-lornie-highway-queensway-injured-hospital-12513100

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  • Agree, pap is the culprit:

    let us start with bicycles.

    every morning, there are those on electric bikes who speed along the PCN. without fail.

    most don’t wear a helmet.

    so tempted every morning to give these speeding folks a side kick, a gentle one shall do, and confirmed serious head injury.

    why haven’t we done it?

    because we know although these speeding monsters are doing wrong, our gently, very gentle, side kick confirmed to cause permanent damage to these speedsters.

    unlike pap who continues to bully WP even though it is pap the culprit, we don’t do it even though we could have fixed the speeding problem on PCN swee swee.

    we want to keep the right to kick pap liar lky at his balls when we meet him at the cul de sac. you see, pap liar lky is in chains for his karma. we are not in chains since we do not kick at speeding bikes to cause permanent injury so we are free to kick pap liar lky at his balls when we meet him at the cul de sac.

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  • TruBlu:

    Seriously,OUR LAW N ORDER SYSTEM IS BREAKING DOWN!
    Thanks to one WA KAN SENG.
    CARDBOARD POLICEMEN N DUMMY POLICEMEN?
    What stupid ideas!
    If need to maintain HOMELAND SECURITY COSTS,CUT TOP OFFICERS PAYCHECK$$$$.

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  • Flabbergasted:

    not only speeding, they must do something about tailgating, which seems to be a Singaporean disease.

    Every accident on the expressways will almost always end up in a pile up, all because of drivers not keeping a safe distance from the vehicle in front.

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  • Flabbergasted:

    Partial truth?:
    Speed limit ?

    Driver dexterity ? Many of our sg “expert” driver when drive overseas e.g. Australia , Thailand , USA , Malaysia … end up serious accidents. Some in cars, some motorbikes. Usually solo but sometimes groups.

    For this reason, NZ now insists that all Singaporeans must have International Driving Permit before they are allowed on NZ roads.

    I don’t know of this requirement on any other nationalities.

    We are ranked below all countries as far as safe driving is concerned.

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  • UniQ:

    Wah !! suddenly this morning so many missing Malaysian Bikes, Cars and Lorries ?? I notice so many TPs are on the road.

    Did information of our TP operations been leaked to Malaysia ?? Wah !! Sebeh good intel leh !! TP also a leaking barrel ..LoLoLoL..

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  • Partial truth?:

    Exactly my case . ” Experts ” not speeding ( your guess only and driver may lie ) already quite serious injuries if really serious.

    Speeding ?

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  • UniQ:

    Just look at our current traffic regulation that is really screwup and is the main cause of our accident rates :

    Maximum speed limit 90km/hr
    Lorry Speed limit has increase to 70km/hr

    Now imagine someone is travelling at 90km/hr at extreme right lane one can even meet a kiasu driver that travel 80km/hr in the extreme right lane and think that they have the right of way (remember travelling under 70km/hr is 12 de-merit points).

    Then you have a van or lorry decided to travel in the middle lane (because their limit has increase to 70km/hr) by increasing another 10km to 80, he could match the speed on the right lane.

    You decide to filter from the right lane now, with our road user kind of mentality today, you think anyone would giveway in the middle lane ? or the guy infront would just increase speed for you to filter ? or you decrease speed on a right lane to filter (hoping that the other vehicle in the middle lane will give way ?) What if it doesn’t ? with a amount of cars on highway, you will imagine that the right lane will result with timeless congestion with numerous cars slowing down ?!?! Make any logic by increasing speed limit for lorries but remaining the top speed limit of 90 for right lane ?

    Today, you will always witness commercial vehicles carrying ZERO Cargoes occupying from the left lanes all the way to the lane right next to the extreme right lanes. No matter how much road one have to construct will not be enough with such lawlessness and blind eyes to commercial occupying 90% of the lanes available on the road or expressway !! unless the traffic department improve the regulations and strong deterrence and cost to commercial vehicles occupying 90% of the available road. Private Vehicles Owners (Car and Bikes) CANNOT be paying for the deteriorating conditions on our road !!

    Yet I do witness any brains in our stat board could come out with any brilliance as they are so use to following others while not creating what suites Singapore !!

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  • Truth Seeker:

    Partial truth?:
    Exactly my case . ” Experts ” not speeding ( your guess only and driver may lie ) already quite serious injuries if really serious.

    Speeding ?

    Flabbergasted:
    not only speeding, they must do something about tailgating, which seems to be a Singaporean disease.

    Every accident on the expressways will almost always end up in a pile up, all because of drivers not keeping a safe distance from the vehicle in front.

    Scenarios of tailgating:

    1. Slower vehicles refusing to give way on the right lane because they think traveling within the legal speed limit is their right.

    2. Faster vehicles purposely tailgating, refusing to overtake because of above scenario.

    My take is: if faster vehicles want to speed, let them do it on the right lane and also highway patrol deals with them.

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  • TruBlu:

    Guess *SPEEDING* IS A WAY OF LIFE here.
    Cant see it otherwise.
    Even if a bus-stop is just a HUNDRED FEET AWAY,OUR MINISTERS SAID MUST ALLOW PMDs on footways???

    Take away REAL POLICE N PUT IN DUMMY POLICE N YOU GET MORE TRAFFIC OFFENDERS N OSO CAN COLLECT MORE MONEY EVEN IF THERE ARE MORE ACCIDENTS N FATALITIES?

    WHO CARES AS LONG AS THERE IS A MOTORCADE GUIDING MY LIMOUSINE ON THE WAY TO MY IVORY TOWER N BACK HOME???

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  • Soccerbetting2:

    Reported on Straits Times website :Quote – “Fine for e-scooter rider who knocked into girl, causing multiple dental injuries

    PUBLISHED29 MIN AGO
    FACEBOOKWHATSAPPTWITTER
    Shaffiq AlkhatibCourt Correspondent
    SINGAPORE – A self-employed man was riding his e-scooter along a shared path when the device struck a 10-year-old girl, causing multiple dental injuries.

    Tan Jia Jun, 26, was fined $2,400 on Wednesday (March 11) after pleading guilty to causing hurt to the child by riding his e-scooter in a negligent manner.

    She cannot be named due to her age……. “Unquote.

    Response :Obviously, this is purely an accident. It is such a mockery joke that the Singapore government, law society, lawyers, law minister, Court judges, main stream news media reporters and editors,…. are mostly educated to the minimum level of degree university level, and everybody can see it correct that this girl name is to be blocked from publishing out? What for? To protect this girl name for what when it is a pure accident,isn’t it? No brainer? Nothing to be ashame of, right? And nothing to protect for when it is an accident! Did she fake an accident or did she fake a claim that her dentures which maybe not injured but claim to be injured with multiple injuries? If not, what is there to block reporting her name out for? Our country degree holders do not need to use brain to work when reporting news??? This case – judge outcome is already known and there is no foul of the law to critise or comment. If all woman name is to be block off irregardless of level of accident or criminal crime, it sound suspicious of some cover up of crimes for women or maybe bribery received behind, doesn’t it? So do report out the names and face of woman who are involved in all sorts of accidents or crimes, and by that is the only clear way to be judge to be based on “justice” and “equality” according to our Singapore pledge!!!!

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  • Unhappy zombies:

    To see how unhappy Singaporeans are, see how they drive at peak hour in the evenings.

    That’s the most reckless time they drive.

    Full of pent up frustrations from work each day. No signalling. Very selfish driving. Very impatient.

    Zombies. Bloody fools.

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  • Cannot make money?:

    在中国大陆…
    不超载不赚钱、不超速也不赚钱
    在新加坡?

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