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The speed control function in red light cameras will be activated “gradually” from April 1

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SINGAPORE: The speed enforcement feature of red light cameras in Singapore will be activated “gradually and dynamically” from Monday (April 1).

Locations more prone to accidents or violations will be prioritized for activation.

Red light cameras, deployed at certain road intersections, are used to detect vehicles committing red light violations.

They are largely painted orange and white. Warning signs indicating speed limits are also placed in front of traffic camera monitoring areas.

As of last December, a total of 252 red light cameras were deployed across the country.

The activation of the speed control function “in order to improve the behavior of motorists” comes as the number of fatal speed-related accidents increased by 83.3 percent in 2023 compared to 2022, a police announced on Saturday.

The proportion of fatal accidents due to excessive speed also increased to 25.2 percent in 2023, compared to 17.3 percent in 2022.

Police cited speeding as another reason for activating the feature.

The number of speeding violations detected by traffic cameras decreased by 28.6%, from 73,152 cases in 2022 to 52,237 cases in 2023.

However, the number of speeding incidents detected by police operations increased by 22%, from 52,016 cases in 2022 to 63,468 cases in 2023.

“This shows that although traffic cameras are effective in deterring speeding, motorists still choose to speed in places where they think no one is watching,” police said.

The Traffic Police (TP) also urged motorists not to speed, even in areas where there are no static speed cameras, adding that it “will take enforcement action against errant motorists who choose to flout traffic rules, including speeding.”

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