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Motorcyclist And Pillion Rider Arrested For Dangerous Riding And Perverting The Course Of Justice

The Police have arrested a 21-year-old male motorcyclist and his 18-year-old male pillion rider for their suspected involvement in a case of dangerous riding and for perverting the course of justice.

On 27 May 2020 at about 4.20pm, the motorcyclist and his pillion rider refused to obey a Traffic Police (TP) officer’s instruction to pull over to the side of the road while travelling along Tampines Expressway. The motorcyclist sped off with the TP officer in pursuit for over five kilometres. The motorcyclist went on to commit several serious traffic violations, including failing to conform to red light signal and riding recklessly against the flow of traffic. The motorcyclist also weaved dangerously between the pillars under the void deck of a HDB block at Ang Mo Kio Ave 5, before the TP officer lost sight of them.  

The Traffic Police mounted a manhunt operation to arrest the motorcyclist and his pillion rider. Through extensive ground enquiries and reviewing of CCTV footages, officers from the Traffic Police established their identities and arrested them within 11 hours. The Traffic Police has also impounded the motorcycle. Investigation revealed that the motorcyclist did not possess a valid riding licence.

The Traffic Police takes a stern view on persons riding or driving a vehicle without a valid riding/driving licence, as such dangerous road behaviour puts the lives of other road users at risk. We will continue to take tough enforcement action against errant motorists who choose to flout traffic rules or to disregard the safety of other road users, including pedestrians and other vulnerable road users.   

The motorcyclist was arrested for dangerous riding under Section 64(1) and punishable under Section 64(2C) of the Road Traffic Act, driving without a valid licence under Section 35(1) of the Road Traffic Act, and other traffic offences. Both men are also being investigated for perverting the course of justice under Section 204A of the Penal Code and for breaching safe distancing measures under regulation 6 of COVID-19 (Temporary Measures) (Control Order) Regulation 2020.

Motorists convicted for dangerous riding under Section 64(1), punishable under Section 64(2C), of the Road Traffic Act shall be liable to a fine not exceeding $5,000 or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 12 months, or both; and in the case of a second or subsequent conviction, to a fine not exceeding $10,000 or imprisonment for a term not exceeding 2 years, or both.  In addition, they may have their driving licence disqualified by the Courts. Any person convicted for obstructing, preventing, perverting or defeating the course of justice, shall be liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 7 years, or with fine, or both.

28 May 2020 @ 5:15 PM
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