On August of 2014, a proposal to penalize Singapore drivers who are using any type of device while driving was given. Early this year, the said act was passed and immediately effective on February 1, it is deemed illegal for drivers to hold or use any mobile device when driving.
The Road Traffic Act of Singapore previously covered texting and calling on mobile phones only. However, officials noticed that texting and calling are not the only things you can do using your smartphone. With the popularity of different smartphone apps like Twitter, Facebook, WhatsApp, Snapchat, the authorities feel that it is only right to illegalize other activities done using your mobile devices.
To be more specific, the term “mobile devices” refer to any hand-held device that’s able to perform telecommunication functions. This definition covers smartphones, tablets, and even laptops. Even if a person is not actively using it, one will still be given penalty even if he or she is only holding it.
Using it when the traffic lights go red is still illegal because technically, even if the car is not in motion, you are still on the road and can be distracted by your device.
If you are using your device to look for the correct directions to where you are going, authorities advise that you get a device mount so that you can still operate the mobile device without holding it.
People who are found guilty of violating this act are fined $1000 and/or imprisoned for not more than six months for the first offense while repeat offenders who are caught are faced with imprisonment for up to a year and/or a fine of $2,000.