A geography professor from the National University of Singapore who drove his Maserati sports car against the flow of traffic several times two months ago was on Monday (26 November) fined the maximum $5,000 and banned from driving for 13 months.
Henry Yeung Wai Chung, 50, a Distinguished Professor with the university, pleaded guilty to one charge of dangerous driving.
The traffic court heard that Yeung was travelling on the right lane of the two-lane Lorong Chuan towards Braddell Road at about 1.15pm on 7 September when a white car in front of him started to change lane to the left.
Instead of waiting for the road in front of him to be clear, Yeung overtook the car, crossing the single continuous white line and driving into the lane meant for vehicles travelling in the opposite direction. He then drove back into his lane on the correct side of the road.
Shortly after, Yeung similarly overtook another car in front of him that was switching lanes from the left to the right. Yeung encroached into the lane meant for vehicles travelling in the opposite direction, before veering back into the correct lane.
Later, Yeung tried to overtake a lorry in front of him. He drove fast, mounted the kerb of the centre divider and went into the lanes for vehicles travelling in the opposite direction, driving against the flow of traffic.
A video of the incident went viral, with some 420,000 views to date.
Yeung, who had been fined thrice for speeding, inconsiderate driving and careless driving between 2012 and 2016, could have been jailed for up to one year along with the fine.
In response to media queries, an NUS spokesperson said, “NUS is reviewing the court’s decision and will decide on whether disciplinary proceedings will be taken against Professor Henry Yeung.”
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