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More drivers use mobile phones while driving in Singapore

(Xinhua)

13:21, December 27, 2011

SINGAPORE, Dec. 27 (Xinhua) -- Singapore police issued bills for 271 drivers per month on average for using mobile phones while driving in the first nine months of the year, local media reported on Tuesday.

This represents an increase of 35 percent year on year, the Chinese daily Lianhe Zaobao said.

Singapore now has in place legislations to forbid the dangerous behavior of using mobile phones while driving, and offenders could face fines of up to 2,000 Singapore dollars (1,550 U.S. dollars) or jail terms of up to 12 months, or both.

A total of 2,930 drivers received bills for using cell phones while driving in 2010, up from 2,867 in 2009.

The newspaper said its reporter spotted four drivers using cell phone in about twenty minutes on a busy road in the downtown area, while two were spotted smoking and another driver using a towel to wipe his face.

Authorities in the United States were considering a proposal to ban the use of mobile phones and other portable electronic devices while driving.

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