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Covid-19: Man charged for breaching safe distancing measures by holding illegal car race

SINGAPORE — A 30-year-old man was charged on Thursday (April 9) after he was arrested for organising an illegal car race involving more than 50 vehicles that breached Covid-19 safe distancing measures.

Yeo Jing Cheng faces two charges under the new Infectious Diseases (Measures to prevent spread of Covid-19) Regulations 2020 for organising an illegal car race involving more than 50 vehicles.

Yeo Jing Cheng faces two charges under the new Infectious Diseases (Measures to prevent spread of Covid-19) Regulations 2020 for organising an illegal car race involving more than 50 vehicles.

SINGAPORE — A 30-year-old man was charged on Thursday (April 9) after he was arrested for organising an illegal car race involving more than 50 vehicles that breached Covid-19 safe distancing measures. 

Yeo Jing Cheng faces two charges under the new Infectious Diseases (Measures to prevent spread of Covid-19) Regulations 2020, which stipulate that gathering for a sporting event or competition is not allowed during this period. 

Even if it is allowed, organisers are to ensure no more than 10 individuals take part in that event in person under this set of regulations, which came into force on March 27. 

One of his charge sheets stated that he was allegedly the organiser of a “street cars meet up” that took place at about 11pm on March 28 at East Coast Park during the control period.

Yeo is accused of allowing more than 10 individuals to be present as the organiser of the event.

His other charge sheet stated that he allegedly took part in a gathering of drivers one-and-a-half hours later at Tuas South Boulevard, in the early hours of March 29.

According to a police news release sent out on April 4, 57 motorists were present at Yeo’s event along Tuas South Avenue 4. The police said they are also being investigated for participating in the illegal car race and not complying with safe distancing measures.

“TP (The Traffic Police) takes a stern view of anyone who organises or participates in illegal racing, which puts the lives of other road users at risk. TP will not tolerate such illegal and dangerous acts and will take tough enforcement action,” the police added.

The prosecution indicated in court on Thursday that it would be proceeding with just one of the charges and take the other into consideration during sentencing if Yeo chooses to plead guilty.

If convicted, he could be jailed for up to six months, fined up to S$10,000, or punished with both.

Yeo will return to court on May 8. 

He remains out on S$15,000 bail.

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