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Drivers Investigated For Touting, Harassment And Dangerous Driving

The Police are investigating the alleged offences of dangerous driving and touting committed on the roads that were featured on various social media platforms, recently.

INCIDENT 1
In a recent video posted online on 22 September 2021, a video from an in-car camera captured a yellow car and a black car had pulled over and stopped along the slip road of Pan Island Expressway towards Kallang Bahru following a traffic accident between a van and another car on 6 July 2021. Both the yellow and black cars were not involved in the accident.

Police are investigating four male subjects from the yellow car, for allegedly causing harassment against a male driver involved in the accident under Section 4(2) of the Protection from Harassment Act. Two other male subjects from the black car are also being investigated for their suspected involvement in touting for business under Section 32 of the Miscellaneous Offences (Public Order and Nuisance) Act. The 22-year-old and 25-year-old drivers of the respective yellow and black cars, will also be investigated for the offence of stopping on the road shoulder of an expressway, in breach of Rule 8 of Road Traffic (Expressway Traffic) Rules.

INCIDENT 2
In a separate incident on 15 September 2021 along New Upper Changi Road, the same yellow car from incident 1, driven by another 22-year-old male driver, was allegedly involved in a road rage incident with a bus driver that was captured on video and subsequently posted on social media.

In the video, the yellow car allegedly braked abruptly and repeatedly, causing the private bus to collide into it. The driver of the car has been arrested for dangerous driving and his driving licence was suspended with immediate effect.

A 24-year-old male passenger from the same motorcar is also being investigated for intentional harassment under Section 3(2) of the Protection from Harassment Act.

INCIDENT 3
On 18 September 2021, the same black car from Incident 1, was involved in a chain collision with another four vehicles along Upper Serangoon Road. The 25-year-old male driver had allegedly stopped behind other vehicles who were involved in a separate accident, to solicit for business when his vehicle was hit from behind by another car.

The 25-year-old male driver of the black car has been arrested for dangerous driving and he is also being investigated for separate offences of dangerous driving captured in separate social media postings. He has also been served with immediate driving suspension.

Touting is illegal and offenders will be dealt under Section 32 of the Miscellaneous Offences (Public Order and Nuisance) Act. It is an offence for any individual to solicit for any business on any public road or public place in a manner that causes annoyance to others. Upon conviction, the offender may be liable to a fine of not less than $1,000 and not more than $5,000, imprisonment for a term not exceeding six months, or both.

It is an offence to use expletives or intentionally cause harassment to another person. Under Section 3(2) and 4(2) of the Protection from Harassment Act, the offender may be liable to a fine not exceeding $5,000.

It is also an offence under Rule 8 of the Road Traffic (Expressway Traffic) Rules for any driver to stop their vehicle on a road shoulder of an expressway without valid reasons. Offenders may be punished with a fine not exceeding $1,000, imprisonment for a term not exceeding three months, or both.

For the offence of dangerous driving under Section 64(1) of the Road Traffic Act, an offender may be liable to a fine not exceeding $5,000, imprisonment for a term not exceeding 12 months, or both.

The Police take a serious view on errant motorists who drive recklessly on the road to put themselves and other road users in danger and will not hesitate to take firm action against such individuals.

All motorists are advised to adopt good Road Sense, practice safe driving and look out for one another, to keep the roads safe for everyone.



PUBLIC AFFAIRS DEPARTMENT
SINGAPORE POLICE FORCE
07 October 2021 @ 4:10 PM
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