Monday, April 25, 2005

The Singapore Police explains how to remain safe while driving

S65B of the Road Traffic Act (CAP 276) [available at statutes.agc.gov.sg] makes it an offense for a driver of a motor vehicle on a road or in a public place to use a mobile phone while the vehicle is in motion.

The police has made available a FAQ for drivers. Unfortunately, this is less than clear. It makes it seem that "using one hand to hold on to the mobile phone and the other hand holding the steering wheel" is an integral part of the offence, and in particular it does not clarify the position regarding use the mobile phone while the car is not in motion, but only because of traffic signals.

The steps taken by the Government of Singapore to ensure a good road experience for all users are necessary, in the light of evidence that reaction times are considerably slowed while using a phone. Singasingapore advises all drivers to switch off their phones while driving.