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On Tuesday, local celebrity Gurmit Singh was fined S$800 and prohibited from driving for three months for speeding (Jun 8).
The 56-year-old actor and broadcaster, best known for his sitcom character Phua Chu Kang and recently the super annoying tv endorsement that I am still able to remember inside my head.
Mr Singh pleaded guilty to one count of exceeding the speed limit while operating a vehicle under the Road Traffic Act.
The court heard that he drove at a speed of 131kmh along Woodlands Avenue 12 towards Seletar Expressway at around 9.30pm on April 12 this year, on a road where the speed limit was 70kmh.
Gurmit Singh Virk Chainchal Singh, also known as Gurmit Singh Virk Chainchal Singh, arrived unrepresented and dressed in a grey long-sleeved shirt and jeans.
The prosecutor requested a driving prohibition and left the sentencing to the court. Singh, according to her, has no prior convictions.
Singh testified in court that he was travelling to pick up his son from his internship when he heard a "flapping sound."
And just in case you guys dunno what is flapping sound, I found you guys a sound clip.
"After I got him I wanted him to hear the same sound, so I realised it comes out at 100kmh," he said.
"Of course I'm not saying I should drive at that speed at that street, but it was just a short (distance). I don't know how I got 131, I wish I knew, but I just ask the court's understanding that I'm not this reckless driver who does this daily. It's just a one-off thing I wanted my son to hear."
District Judge Salina Ishak told him he could have put his son's life in danger, as well as his own.
"I understand, your honour. I regret doing what I did," said Singh.
Singh recently reprised his role as contractor Phua Chu Kang for a song in support of COVID-19 vaccines.
The penalties for speeding for a first-time offender are a jail term of up to three months, a fine of up to S$1,000, or both.
This is doubled for repeat offenders. Drivers who are convicted of speeding can be banned from driving for whatever period the court deems fit.
Guys, watch your speed while you are driving.