Singapore Forbids Car Phone Calls
May. 15, 1998
SINGAPORE (AP) _ Singapore police pledged Friday to confiscate the mobile phone of anyone seen using one while driving, after a car driven by one such distracted motorist slammed into a bus stop and killed three women.
Talking on a mobile phone while driving is illegal and carries a $103 fine, but police have found an increasing number of people chatting behind the wheel. At least 221 motorists were fined for the practice every month this year.
The 25-year-old used-car salesman blamed in Tuesday's fatal accident has been charged with causing death through dangerous driving.
The public responded to the crash with calls for a crackdown on the use of mobile phones in cars. But reaction to police warning of on-the-spot confiscation was mixed.
Motorist Ray Ng said taking away a mobile phone was not enough of a deterrent. ``You confiscate it, I buy a new one,'' he said.