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    Feb 07, 2014

    Extra school-zone rules fail to rein in motorists

    DESPITE extra rules to curb traffic offences in school zones and make such areas safer, several road users are still flouting the laws.

    Last month, 17 people were caught speeding and 11 caught beating the red light in school zones. Another 16 were caught for careless driving and one for inconsiderate driving.

    Traffic Police could not provide islandwide figures for traffic offences last month, nor the figures for offences committed in school zones last year.

    But they noted that more drivers are breaking the rules in recent years.

    Overall traffic violations increased by 5 per cent in 2012, compared to the year before. The number of violations went up from 245,955 from January to September 2012 to 275,501 in the same period last year, marking an increase of 12 per cent.

    The new rules for school zones, which came into effect on Jan 1, see drivers earning an additional demerit point for offences in school zones, including for careless driving, inconsiderate driving, failure to conform to traffic-light signals and speeding.

    These come one year after a horrific accident in Tampines involving a cement truck and a bicycle near a school that resulted in the deaths of two young boys.

    Yesterday afternoon MyPaper participated in a Traffic Police operation to nab offenders, where officers monitored traffic with laser guns in three school zones.

    One driver was pulled over near Temasek Secondary School in Upper East Coast Road for going 22kmh above the speed limit of 50kmh. Instead of incurring the usual six demerit points, the driver received seven points as it was a school zone, on top of the usual $160 fine.

    Another driver was later caught speeding in the same area.