According to the Singapore Police Force, there were more fatalities and injuries due to traffic accidents in the first half of 2021 compared to the same period last year.
Singapore was subject to a nation-wide circuit breaker in the first half of 2020, whereas the same timeframe in 2021 saw restrictions easing and an increase in traffic flow, which explains the increase in the frequency of accidents.
From January to June of 2021, 3,635 fatalities and injuries were reported, a 17% increase compared to the 3,108 from the first half of 2020.
Accidents that caused injury or death went up to 2,998, a 16.2% increase from the 2,579 of 1H 2020.
58 people passed on in 52 accidents in the same timeframe, which is seven higher than the 51 fatalities in 49 accidents, just a year ago.
There is some good news though. Accidents involving the elderly and motorcyclists have decreased, though it does remain proportionally high. The former has seen a drop from 8 deaths to the 5 of this year, and the latter group has gone from 31 fatalities to 26.
Combined, these groups make up 53.4% of the total road traffic deaths so far this year.
Unfortunately, there has been a 20.3% increase, from 77 versus the 64 of 1H 2020, of drink-driving accidents this year, with 724 motorists caught for the offence from January to June. This is compared to the 672 from 1H 2020.
Speeding has gone down, from 94,348 to 66,270, though accidents trigger by it has increased to 426, versus the 340 in the first six months of 2020.
23,952 offences have been committed permitting to the red light, which is 0.8% less than that of last year. Likewise, accidents stemming from the offence has done down to 47 from 51.
Expect this figure to continue to rise versus that of last year though. Again that isn’t to say our drivers are becoming more dangerous; it’s just that 2020 can best be described as a statistical abnormality.
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