About 3400 cars had been caught speeding in the newly opened Kallang-Paya Lebar Expressway (KPE) in the last 6 days due to the installation of highly accurate digital cameras – the first of its kind here – that do not run out of films and work 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and 365/6 days a year!

KPE Do Not Speed

There is an apparent speed limit of 70 km/h in the tunnel – something that a lot of motorists do not know. In addition, there was no warning of any speed camera present in the tunnel. Vehicles were caught to be travelling as fast as 140 km/h (If you ask me, I think he’s a goner). Of these 3,400 vehicles, 45 were caught to be travelling faster then 110 km/h.

Speeding in Singapore carries a fine of between $150 to $200 (or more?) and demerit points of 4 to 8 points. Speedsters may also be fined up to $1000 or jailed up to 3 months.

Mr Alvin Tan, a company vice-president, mentioned that he didn’t observe any signs or warnings of a speed cameras – a usual practice for the traffic police to warn vehicles to keep to the speed limit, and felt that it was a form of entrapment if it was such. However, forgetitlah from the straitstimes.com forum felt that speeding means speeding and it doesn’t matter if there were any warnings.

There were also various response to the news in the forum. cc1034 was asking if this was a quick and dirty way to cover the cost of building the tunnel, while akdw concurred with him.

Frankly, I also didn’t know of the installation of speed cameras in the KPE, but from the tone of the article, the authorities seemed to be quite proud of it. Of course, this is just a personal, subjective feeling.

Update: According to sources on the Internet and straitstimes.com, there is indeed a speed limit and speed camera sign in the tunnel as shown below.

KPE Speed limit and Speed Camera signs        KPE Speed Camera Sign

So there *is* a speed limit sign and speed camera sign. However, whether the motorists took notice of it is an entirely different story. After all, “motorists are supposed to observe the speed limits on all roads”.

NEARLY 3,400 vehicles were caught exceeding the 70kmh speed limit in the underground Kallang-Paya Lebar Expressway (KPE) in the first six days of its opening.

Of the lot, 45 cases exceeded 110kmh, and one vehicle – a sedan – was clocked crossing 140kmh.

Their owners will be receiving either warning letters or summonses from the Traffic Police.

The number of speedsters caught works out to a daily average of 563 – more than four times the number of speeding cases islandwide per day.

This is partly because the tunnels have highly accurate digital laser cameras – the first of their kind used here. They never run out of film like the old models used on other expressways. And they work 24 hours a day, seven days a week, unlike policemen carrying laser cameras.

The other reason for the inordinately large number of cases is that some motorists are still unaware of the new tunnels’ 70kmh limit.

Photographer Bryan Van Der Beek, 31, who reckoned he might have gone faster than 70kmh, said: ‘I honestly didn’t see any sign, maybe because I was looking at the tunnel itself. It was my first time driving through it.”

Alvin Tan, 40, a company vice-president, said he did not see any signs warning of the presence of speed cameras. ‘If the cameras are hidden and there are no signs, it’s entrapment,” he said.

Article obtained from straitstimes.com on 2nd November 2007; all pictures copyrights of straitstimes.com and their respective sources

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