:: Why is the jail term for reckless driving only HALF that of negligent driving if both can be perceived to be EQUALLY dangerous (fatal) on public roads. Is a reckless driver any safer than a negligent one???!!!
Singapore (esp PAP) parliamentarians are proclaimed to be the best in the world (receive world record salaries etc) and use the GRC system of elections to enter on the coat-tails of ministers with "assurance of a good chance of winning at least their first election", so shouldn't Singapore's traffic rules make more sense and be effective at preventing accidents on our roads???!!! (PS: In the annexed case ironically, the negligent driver received a lesser jail term than the reckless one contrary to suggested punishment limits as suggested in the law: although I agree the judge approportioned punishment fairly).
Also, where any reckless or negligent act results in the death of another commuter, a default driving ban of at least 5yrs or more should be imposed as a deterrent sentence to remind all road users about the importance of safety and responsibility when using public roads and to keep dangerous drivers away from operating heavy vehicles such as prime movers, lorries, cement-mixers and buses etc.
Also, laws should be enacted for the police to impose 1month driving bans upon suspect drivers involved in such fatal accidents in lieu of a further extension up to 1yr driving ban imposed by the prosecutors before the court hearing for the safety of other road users.
If the law is either perceived as arbitrary or is procedurally flawed, then negligence and recklessness will rule our streets.
Driver's rude move leads to fatal pile-up
Thursday, June 4, 2015 - 09:16
Olivia Ho, My Paper
He braked on the expressway to direct a rude hand gesture at a stranger - and caused a nine-vehicle pile-up that killed a motorcyclist.
Workshop manager Pang Chon Seng, 52, was sentenced yesterday to four months in prison for driving dangerously on the Pan-Island Expressway (PIE) on June 19 last year.
Pang had been driving his Toyota Wish to work before 7am when he started swerving abruptly from lane to lane in order toharass motorcyclist Johann Johari Nazir.
The 31-year-old, who was riding with his wife on the pillion, felt Pang was driving dangerously close to him and stopped at the road shoulder near Toh Guan Road.
Pang then suddenly braked so that he could show Mr Johann both his middle fingers. This forced the driver of a prime mover directly behind Pang to slam on the brakes.
Lorry driver Lim Kok Aun, 48, who was travelling behind the prime mover, also braked hard, but his lorry veered to the right and spun into the path of motorcyclist Liow Yong Seng.
Unable to stop in time, the 35-year-old crashed into the lorry with such force that his motorcycle broke into two pieces and flew across the PIE. He was found dead under the lorry.
Nine vehicles were involved in the accident, which unfolded as three separate chain collisions.
Meanwhile, Pang drove off.
Deputy Public Prosecutor Rachel Lee said that Pang had "deliberately chosen to persist in a continuous and prolonged dangerous manner of driving".
Pang's lawyer, Louis Joseph, said that his client had gone after Mr Johann because he thought he saw someone on a motorcycle taking photographs of him, and wanted to get a closer look.
DPP Lee responded that investigations had found no evidence of these photographs, and that even if that were the case, Pang's reaction was still disproportionate.
Meanwhile, Lim was also jailed for four weeks yesterday and fined $7,000 for his part in Mr Liow's death.
The prosecution argued that he had failed to keep a safe distance from the prime mover or watch the road, which had contributed to the accident.
Both Pang and Lim were also disqualified from driving for four years, starting yesterday.
For his reckless driving, Pang could have been jailed up to 12 months, fined up to $3,000 or both. Lim's negligence could have been punished by up to two years in jail, a fine or both.
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