A 30 year old Singaporean man, Alfred Ng Hon Lum, is handed a S$800 fine and 3 month driving ban for inconsiderate driving yesterday (June 2) for crashing his car into the back of a stationary bus parked on the Central Expressway (CTE). His one and a half year old daughter was hit with serious head injuries in the accident and died three days later in KK Hospital, while the father himself suffered injuries. It is understood from the court hearing that Alfred is still facing severe depressive disorder from the accident.

Photo from The Straits Times Wong Kwai Chow
Photo from The Straits Times Wong Kwai Chow

The tragedy happened in 22nd Sep 2014. Alfred was driving home on the CTE with his daughter and then-pregnant wife, after a doctor’s visit at KK Hospital. As he approached the expressway exit into Ang Mo Kio Avenue 3, he crashed the car into an off-service SBS Transit bus. The bus driver, Li He Zuo, who just drove out from the bus depot, parked his bus at the far left lane on the CTE with hazard lights on, to change the bus’s service label to No 55.

The traffic court found Alfred guilty of inconsiderate driving and sentenced the traumatized father a S$800 fine and a 3 month driving ban.

What do you think is the S$800 fine going to achieve?