Are the offences of littering and jaywalking commonly policed? If yes, what is the punishment?
Littering and Jaywalking are one of Singapore’s most common offences committed. However, we don’t often see the Police arresting people for such offences Littering is commonly policed. In 2012, 7,800 litterbugs were caught.
First-time offenders who discard minor litter such as sweet wrappers, cigarette butts and parking coupon tabs improperly are liable for a $300 fine. First-time littering offenders who throw larger items such as plastic bags, food wrappers and drink cups would be issued a fine which can go up to $ 1,000 or a Community Work Order (CWO) of up to 12 hours, or both.
To make things worse, offenders are required to wear a bright orange jersey, identifying themselves as the litterbugs while cleaning up the areas. This brings shame to them and hopes to ensure they would not repeat their acts again. The fine for repeat offenders may go up to $5,000.
Jaywalking is defined as crossing the road within 50m of a crossing zone, and is commonly policed. Police generally target locations randomly during a Traffic Police Operation. In 2011, 8,650 people were caught jaywalking.
Jaywalkers can be fined $20 on the spot. They can also be charged and fined up to $1,000, or jailed up to three months. Repeat offenders may be fined up to $2,000 or jailed up to six months.