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Traffic Police road blocks are conducted to deter and detect driving offences. If you are routinely pulled over by the TP, it might be just bad luck, or maybe it might be these four other reasons.
Regardless of the reason, just remember to remain calm and level-headed. Under no circumstances should you tuck tail and run. Any person convicted of evading a road block may be liable to a maximum fine of S$5,000 and up to 12 months' imprisonment.
1. You're a Suspect
If you're a law-abiding citizen, you will never have to worry about Traffic Police road blocks. If you do get pulled over, it could be your vehicle, or profile, fits a description of a wanted suspect. Regardless, the police can't stick anything on you if you're not guilty. Therefore, remember to remain calm, follow instructions and answer their questions.
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The Traffic Police tend to set up road blocks at areas that are close to popular drinking holes. Doing so allows them to catch potential drink drivers. If you've been out drinking, under no circumstances should you get behind the wheel. This is regardless of how much you drank.
Drink driving is a serious offence in Singapore, and getting caught will result in fines of up to $5,000 and/or imprisonment of up to 6 months’ jail. For repeated offenders, the penalty is up to $10,000 in fines and/or imprisonment of up to 12 months’ jail. You might even be disqualified from driving for up to a year.
3. Your Ride is Too Flashy or Loud
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When it comes to vehicle modifications in Singapore, car owners have their options limited. You might think there is no harm for tinting your windows or adding head light modifications, but the Traffic Police will certainly think otherwise.
Some car modifications are seen as road hazards, and its the TP's job to curb such illegal car mods. To learn more about illegal car mods, please check out the following article.
4. Failing to Obey Traffic Rules
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Whether you cut someone off unintentionally, or swerved into a chevron marking, road blocks were designed to catch you after a tight bend or when you least expect it. Road blocks are unpredictable, appearing anywhere between 10pm to 3am when traffic is the slowest.
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