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 May 2014. During his time at the title he has interviewed some of the top transportation chiefs in charge of public agencies around the world as well as chairmen and CEOs of multinational transportation technology corporations. Tom's early career saw him working on some the UK's leading consumer magazine titles. He has a law degree from the London School of Economics (LSE).

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