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To deter speedsters from driving recklessly, the Land Transport Authority(LTA) and Traffic Police have put in place five different types of traffic enforcement cameras around the island. Here's a detailed guide on all five of them.
Updated: 11 May 2018, Friday
1. Fixed Speed Camera
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The first type of speed camera is the Fixed Speed Camera (FSC). FSCs are usually bright in colour and are adequately visible from 500 metres away. The reason why they are called FSCs is because they are rooted to the ground and possess enhanced functions to better identify speeding vehicles from afar.
These cameras will, and for sure, put a halt to speed demons when they see these brightly-painted cameras standing tall, staring into every car that drives past. With a colour that stands out, drivers would be able to distinguish these cameras from a distance as they are clearly noticeable.
As of 14th September 2017, 20 of these cameras are already implemented across 11 locations islandwide to complement the Mobile Speed Cameras that are already implemented.
2. Mobile Speed Camera
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As mentioned above, Mobile Speed Cameras (MSC) are currently in operation and they are positioned across various locations in Singapore. MSCs are rather similar to the FSCs, however they are only positioned temporarily in one location, and can be moved around as they do not have a fixed position. These cameras can be set up within a week and run on battery which can be considered as more efficient.
MSCs are more "lethal" in a sense that they are more "pin-point" when it comes to bringing speedsters to justice. At one go, a MSC can capture up to 32 cars that go beyond the speed limit.
The authority have installed five of these cameras island-wide as of 14th September 2017. Although running into one on the road might seem rare, you'll never know where they'll be hiding, so be cautious of your driving speed and always prioritise safety!
3. Police Speed Laser Camera
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The third type of traffic camera is the Police Speed Laser Camera (PSLC). This camera utilises modern day radar and frequency technology. PSLCs are quite different from the two cameras mentioned earlier. The size of a PSLC is very similar to a DSLR and is usually mounted on a tripod. It also has to be manned by an enforcement officer.
To operate it, the officer needs to target the camera at moving cars to capture their speeds. These cameras are commonly found on overhead bridges, but they could be lurking around bends and corners too. With PSLCs, drivers would be forced to slow down on common roads and not just expressways. With these cameras, LTA and the Traffic Police hope to create a safer environment for pedestrians and motorists in neighbourhood areas.
As of 14th September 2017, it is reported that these cameras are deployed at 51 locations islandwide. To avoid getting caught, always remember to slow down when approaching an overhead bridge or a bend, lest you wish to get fined.
4. Red Light Cameras
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The fourth type of camera is the Red Light Camera (RLC). Similar to FSCs, these cameras are also rooted to the ground but not all RLCs are painted brightly–some are plain white. As the name suggests, these cameras are located at traffic lights to capture any vehicle that beat the red light. When that happens, the RLC will usually give off a flash.
The number of RLCs have increased tremendously from 120 in 2015 to 240 in August 2017. These cameras play a crucial role in preventing fatalities and accidents at heavy road junctions. The Singapore Police Force (SPF) have also replaced the old film red light cameras with digital ones which are more precise. In other words, you can never escape from getting caught.
Be sure to keep a look out and slow down when approaching a traffic light junction. It's always better to be safe than sorry after all. For those unaware, red light offenders will be given 12 demerit points and a S$200 fine. If you happen to be a P-Plate driver, your license will instantly be revoked.
5. Average Speed Cameras (Update!)
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On 10 May 2018, the Ministry of Home Affairs and Traffic Police announced a new type of speed camera that will be operational in Singapore, starting the fourth quarter of this year.
Called average speed cameras (ACS), these devices use a two-point camera system to calculate the average speed of a vehicle as it enters and exits an enforcement area. If a vehicle's average speed exceeds the legal limit, it will be deemed as speeding.
The ACS have been in operation along Tanah Merah Coast Road since early this year, and the Traffic Police will be looking to install this camera system at other locations in Singapore.
To learn more about this new camera, as well as existing speed cameras in Singapore, please watch the video below:
After getting to know the different types of traffic cameras in Singapore, we hope this will make you think twice about speeding. The consequences of your actions could cost the safety and lives of others. Remember, it's never too late to stop bad driving habits like speeding, beating red lights and driving recklessly.
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