Traffic cameras contribute to better road safety in Singapore

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The number of fatalities on Singapore’s roads has fallen over the past three years, according to the city-state’s deputy prime minister and minister for home affairs, Teo Chee Hean.

According to local media sources, Hean told the Committee of Supply 2015, in a Parliament debate on March 6, that the reduction is partially a result of the installation of digital red light cameras at road junctions.

The number of violations detected sharply increased when the cameras were installed in March last year. “This is significant, as it means that many drivers were previously beating red lights, which could have caused serious accidents,” said Hean.

By December, the number of violations detected per camera each month decreased by more than 80%. “Fewer total violations were detected in December than in July, even though there were twice as many cameras,” added Hean. “The cameras have helped to improve driving behavior and road safety.”

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Tom has edited Traffic Technology International magazine and the Traffic Technology Today website since he joined the company in May 2014. Prior to this he worked on some of the UK's leading consumer magazine titles including Men's Health and Glamour, beginning his career in journalism in 1997 after graduating with a law degree from the London School of Economics (LSE).

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