Causing death by reckless or dangerous driving in Singapore:

Any person who causes… death… shall be guilty of an offence and… liable on conviction to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 5 years.

[Note: For repeat offenders, the jail term will not exceed 10 years imprisonment. Most drivers who cause death spend only a few months in jail.]

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19 comments

    1. Hello Ian,
      It’s easy to kill but to get away – that’s the tricky part. The best killers are the ones who make it look like an accident. No crime means no police on their trail.
      Cheers!

      1. Hard to do in today’s world where cameras are set up all around public places and people have their own house cameras constantly in operation which police are quick to access when following up.

    1. Thank you for your visit and comment, Stephen – and you play the guitar well 🙂

      Yes, manslaughter usually does but it all depends on the charge sheet. No manslaughter for motor accidents in Singapore. That’s reserved for people who kill, murder, assassinate, terminate and dispatch others.

      Have a great Sunday,
      Eric

    1. Hello Shalilah,

      I see that you’ve not posted lately and am honoured that you’ve taken time to visit and comment here.

      Drunk driving and deaths – sadly, in Singapore the drunk driver often gets away with a few months jail and even that comes with remission for ‘good behaviour’. The good news is, the law minister recently said his ministry is looking into toughening the penalties for causing deaths on the roads.

      Have a great weekend,
      Eric

    1. Good to have you back, Raghu,

      As you know, committing murder is easy but laws make it difficult to get away with it. But when laws have loopholes – who do we blame?

      As for giving ideas – LOL! – authors probably make good killers (at least, the planning stage). Read all the murder mysteries…

      All good wishes,
      Eric

    1. Hello Bill,

      You’ve not posted for quite a while. Same situation with me but my 2017 resolution is to make time and post twice a week – Wednesdays and Sundays.

      In the US they get away with no more than a ticket? This cannot be right – I mean, it’s okay if the cyclist was a politician!

      Going by what you say, in comparison, Singapore has draconian laws – they actually go to jail for a few weeks!

      Cheers!
      Eric

      1. The cycling community here is pretty outraged. The person hits a cyclist, then lawyers up and pleads guilty to a lesser incident like failure to control their car.

        The family can sue in civil court for damages, but that seems a poor substitute for justice.

      2. That is outrageous, Bill,

        Asking the family to take it to civil court. Justice is now reduced to a price tag – and the less well off come out losers, as always.

        Why then do we pay taxes?

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