Published: 04 April 2022
Mr Raj Joshua Thomas: To ask the Minister for Home Affairs (a) how many tailgating incidents have been prosecuted in the past three years; and (b) whether there are any measures that have been taken to deter tailgating incidents on roads.
Mr K Shanmugam, Minister for Home Affairs and Ministry for Law:
1. The Traffic Police, or TP, does not track the number of tailgating incidents, as tailgating is not an offence in and of itself. That said, a motorist who fails to keep a safe distance from the vehicle ahead, and as a result is involved in an accident, may be charged with the offence of Driving Without Due Care or Reasonable Consideration. The first offence carries a fine not exceeding $1,500, an imprisonment term not exceeding six months, or both. Subsequent offences carry higher penalties. The motorist could also be charged with more serious offences such as Reckless or Dangerous Driving, depending on the facts of the case.
2. All motorists are expected to drive in a safe and responsible manner. The Basic Theory of Driving handbook instructs all motorists to maintain a safe following distance. TP conducts regular engagements with the general public and targeted groups, as well as campaigns such as the Use Your RoadSense campaign, to educate motorists on safe driving habits. TP has also produced road safety advisory videos. These public education efforts are complemented by enforcement actions against motorists who engage in irresponsible or dangerous behaviour that threatens the safety of other road users.