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1. Harsher penalties for drink-driving offences

Penalties for drink-driving related offences are under review.

The Singapore government recently announced that they’re looking to increase penalties for drink-driving related offences that result in death or injury.

The news came as the Traffic Police (TP) and Singapore Road Safety Council (SRSC) launched a new anti-drink driving campaign.

Latest figures show that in the first nine months of 2016, there were 103 accidents involving drink-driving, resulting in 3 fatalities and 153 injuries. In the same period, a total of 1,540 motorists were arrested for drink-driving offences.

Guest-of-honor at the launch, Mr Desmond Lee, Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Home Affairs & Ministry of National Development said he hoped the stiffer penalties would act as a deterrent against drink driving.

With the festive season fast approaching, the launch served as a timely reminder to all motorists that drink driving is an irresponsible act that puts their lives and the lives of other road users at risk. The campaign will also emphasise the importance of family and friends in helping to prevent the act of drink driving.

The Traffic Police urged all road users to act responsibly and to do their part to keep the roads safe.

2. Motorcycle accidents increase in 2016

Shocking motorcycle accident statistics.

Every two hours, at least one motorcyclist or passenger is involved in an accident, hurt or killed on Singapore’s roads.

These are the latest shock findings from the Singapore Traffic Police (TP). TP statistics show that the number of motorcycle accidents resulting in death or injury rose from 3,264 between January and September 2015 to 3,410 in the same period this year.

In particular police are singling out motorcyclists and heavy vehicle drivers:

"Motorcyclists often suffer serious injuries or even death during accidents as they are not protected by the shell of their vehicles," said Deputy Commanding Officer of TP's Patrol Unit John Chan. "On the contrary, heavy vehicles have a higher propensity to cause severe hurt or fatality whenever they are involved in accidents. In this aspect, heavy vehicle drivers must do their part, such as checking their blind spot and not speeding."

The TP is working hard to combat motorcycle accidents. Effective road safety enforcement is largely due to the TP’s new 900c "stealth bikes" that first hit the roads in May. These bikes can maneuver their way around heavy traffic to go after errant motorists, as compared to unmarked cars.

Source Singapore Traffic Police and the Straits Times

3. Mamas and Papas car seats recalled

Following a series of safety checks, Mamas & Papas have identified a potential safety concern with a number of car seats.

A spokesperson for Mamas and Papas, said: “In the event of an accident the car seat shell may crack and therefore not provide the intended level of protection to the user.”

The seats affected are:

Mamas & Papas Nembus
Mamas & Papas Aureus
Mamas & Papas Group 123
Mamas & Papas Altair

All are Group 123 car seats. You can identify the seat by comparing the orange label on the back with the one shown here.

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The recalled seats carry the code 04 44596

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Mamas & Papas assures customers that none of the affected car seats have been on sale since March 2015, and that there have been no reports of any incidents involving any of the affected car seats.

If you have purchased any of the above seats, you should immediately stop using the product and contact their UK Customer Services team on 03332 412154.

Alternatively, take your car seat back to where you bought it and you will be further advised.

For more motoring warnings and tips, look out for regular posts in this series.

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