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In 2018, the Singapore government collected a total of S$37.8 million in traffic fines, a 4.67% increase from 2017.
This is according to revenue figures released by the Ministry of Finance (MOF) as part of Budget 2019. This was an increase of around S$1.7 million from 2017, when the government collected S$36.1 million in traffic fines.
Despite an increase in traffic fine collection from 2017 to 2018, the figure for the latter is significantly lower than the estimated figure for 2018, which stood at S$44 million.
According to MOF’s estimates, the government would be collecting $38.4 million in traffic fines in 2019, a 1.6% increase from 2018.
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In other related news, the Singapore Police Force has also released its Annual Road Traffic Situation report for 2018. According to the report, the overall traffic situation “remained stable” in 2018.
There was a decrease in the number of accidents resulting in injuries, as well as speeding-related accidents. However, the number of fatalities and accidents involving a vehicle skipping a red light went up slightly.
In addition, there was a large increase in the number of accidents involving drink-driving, which went up by 17.3% from the previous year.
The police also identified the two most vulnerable road user groups, elderly jaywalkers and motorcyclists along with their pillion riders.
While there was a decrease in accidents involving elderly pedestrians along with the number of fatalities arising from such accidents, half of all fatal accidents involving elderly pedestrians was because of jaywalking. Also, 40% of all accidents occurred due to elderly jaywalking pedestrians.
With motorcyclists and pillion riders, there was a 2.1% increase in accidents involving motorcyclists that resulted in injuries. There was also a steep climb of 38.6% in motorcyclist and pillion rider fatalities. As a result of that, motorcyclists and their pillion riders accounted for around half of all road traffic fatalities in 2018.
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