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Facebook user questions why so many cameras installed by the authorities cannot capture the hit-and-run car which injured her mother

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The Facebook user in appealing for witnesses or additional in-vehicle footages for her mom’s hit and run car accident on 29 Jan urged the Police to check every CCTV in the Jurong area.


Facebook user Charlotte Lai took to her social media pages appealing to members of the public for more information about the hit-and-run accident involving her mother. She expressed her frustration that the case does not seem to have any new leads even though it has been four weeks since the incident.

The accident took place on 29 January at a road junction at Jurong Town Hall Road, between a Toyota Sienta and a pedestrian who seemed to be crossing the road when the traffic lights were in her favour. The pedestrian did not take a direct hit from the car. The car seemed to brush her on the side and caused her to fall.

The car did not stop to offer her any assistance to the injured pedestrian. Failing to stop after an accident is a serious offence that can attract demerit points as well as a financial penalty. In serious cases, the courts may decide to impose a disqualification from driving and a term of imprisonment. First-time offenders of hit-and-run accidents face a fine of up to $3,000 or a jail term of up to 12 months.

Charlotte said, “White Toyota Sienta hit my mom during Green Man traffic light at the junction of Jurong Town Hall Rd and Boon Lay Way (near Chinese Garden).”

Another Facebook user Juehao Lai who shared the same video of the accident said, “(the) Toyota Sienta driver failed to give way at the discretionary right turn junction although pedestrian light was green. As a result, the car hit my mom (not a direct full on impact). Driver did not render any form of support, but chose to drove off – Hit and Run.”

He added that the Traffic Police is currently in the midst of tracking down the the car plate owner.

Charlotte asked why the authorities were not able to capture the car license plate number after four weeks when there are so many CCTVs deployed by the authorities all over the island. She questioned the use of public resources and if they were adequately used.

According to the Police, surveillance cameras in Singapore have helped solved more than 5,000 crimes since they were introduced in 2012. The Ministry of Home Affairs said in August last year that the number of police cameras deployed island-wide will increase from the 90,000 that are operational now to more than two-fold to at least 200,000 by 2030.

Addressing criticism that surveillance cameras are an invasion of privacy, the Home Ministry said that such claims overlooked the basic point that most people want to live in a safe and secure environment.

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