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Road traffic offences in Singapore are currently governed by the Road Traffic Act (Chapter 276). Common driving offences and their prescribed punishment are set out below.

(1) Exceeding speed limit

According to Section 63, whoever exceeds the speed limit by driving a motor vehicle at a speed greater than what is prescribed as the maximum speed in relation to a vehicle of that class or description shall be guilty of an offence. The offending person will be prosecuted in court.

(2) Reckless/Dangerous driving

According to Section 64, whoever drives a motor vehicle on a road in a reckless manner which is dangerous to the public, taking into account the nature, condition and the use of the road, including the traffic at that point of time, shall be guilty of an offence. The Offender will be liable for a fine of up to S$3,000 or an imprisonment for a term up to 12 months or both. For second or subsequent conviction, offender will be liable for a fine not exceeding  S$5, 000 or an imprisonment for a term up to 2 years or both and disqualification of license.
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(3) Driving without due care or reasonable consideration

According to Section 65, whoever drives a motor vehicle on the road without due care or attention or without proper consideration for other road users shall be guilty of an offence. Offender will be liable for a fine of up to S$1,000 or an imprisonment for a term up to 6 months or both. For second or subsequent conviction, offender will be liable for a fine not exceeding S$2,000 or an imprisonment for a term up to 12 months or both.

(4) Use of mobile phone while driving

According to Section 65B, whoever drives a motor vehicle on a road or a public place while using a mobile phone at the same time, shall be guilty of an offence. The Offender will be liable for a fine of up to S$1,000 or an imprisonment for a term up to 6 months or both. For second or subsequent conviction, the offender will be liable for a fine not exceeding S$2,000 or an imprisonment for a term up to 12 months or both.

(5) Causing death by reckless or dangerous driving

According to Section 66, whoever causes a death of a person while driving a motor vehicle on a road in a reckless manner which is dangerous to the public, taking into account the nature, condition and the use of the road shall be guilty of an offence. Offender will be liable for imprisonment up to 5 years. If upon trial, the prosecutor is not satisfied with the fact the reckless or dangerous driving caused the death of another, the offender will be under Section 64.

(6) Driving under the influence of alcohol

According to Section 67, whoever, when driving, is under the influence of alcohol, or drug, or any intoxicating substances, to an extent where the driver has no control of his vehicle, or his alcohol intake is so much that his breath and blood exceeds the prescribed limit, shall be guilty of an offence. The Offender will be liable for a fine not less than S$1,000 and not more than S$5,000 or an imprisonment for a term up to 6 months. For second or subsequent conviction, offender will be liable for a fine not less than S$3,000 and not more than S$10,000 and imprisonment for a term up to 12 months.

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