guys, i believe the subject would interest you since this is a forum for the shooters, so do
you think taking pictures in public places a chargeable offense? i think we need to really
find out more b4 you shoot something and than kana shoot back.
well, what happened to me was, i tried to take some pictures at a traffic accident scene
and was repimanaded by the officers. 2 times and at 2 different location. both were
happened in a public places.
anyway, i supposed the officers are either abusing their power or photography in public
places is simply not allowed in singapore.
well, i have since sent a letter to the ST forum to clarify the issue but was told by the
media that my letter would not be allowed to publish. nvm, i have also just sent my
humble letter to the following dept to seek for an answer. i hope with my humble action,
we, as a photographer, can take picture in public places with ease.
prime minister office - email@example.com
minister of home affair - firstname.lastname@example.org
traffic police force - email@example.com
singapore police force - firstname.lastname@example.org
Is Our Law Enforcer Abusing Their Power?
i'm writing this to express my dismay with my 2 recent incidents i encountered with
our traffic law enforcers.
The first incident was happened on 19th July at about 0215 hrs on Grange Road.
While driving past the stretch of road, i saw a traffic accident happened and as a
hobbist photographer, i took the opportunity to snap some pictures for my own
collection and reference for people on the internet to see the consequences of bad
driving. Just when my first flash was out from my digital camera, a police officer at
the scene approach me furiously. I was reprimanded for taking picture at the scene
and was threatened to delete the picture i just took or face any consequences may
arise pertaining to the accident.
Another police officer there standing by the side of the accident vehicle was also
quick to add that if only the picture is removed immediately from my digital camera
or i would receives a ticket for parking my car illegally. For your info, my car was
parked more than 100m away from the scene and was not parking illegally at all.
Nevermind that he don't even know where is my car.
The recent incident was happened in the morning on 29th July at about 0200
hrs on Nichol highway. This time, i parked my car few hundred meters away and
was completely out of sight from the accident scene. A police officer whom was
then sitting inside the patrol car immediately stepped out and walked towards
me after my first snap at the accident vehicle. This time, without flashing light. I
was told by the young officer that photography on the accident scene is not
allowed. I asked why is it not allowed? I've done nothing wrong and this is a public
area. All i get from his replied was " just don't asked! "
For the above two incidents, i was very mindful, i was also at least 10-20 meter
away from the accident scene. I was not standing on the road but on a pedestrian
pathment. Pictures were taken from a distance and my action was not causing
obstruction to the officers at the scene. Generally, it was just like any ordinary on-
looker which could just whip out their handphone and snap and go.
Now, I'm puzzled, would i be arrested for taking pictures in the public? Instead of
directing the on-coming traffic at the accident scene, the officers i saw at Nichol
highway that morning were sitting inside the highway patrol car and monitor which
spectacle was taking picture.
I do have my fair share of pleasant experienced with the traffic officers whom
didn't bother with spectacles taking pictures at the accident scene. Most of
these pictures can be commonly seen on the newspaper too. So, why is the
double standard? Am wondering if the police officers in subject know their
scope of duty? Are they over-used their power?
I have since posted my encounters on some of the on-line community forums, many
of the members are also keen to find out the rights of photography in public places.
I hereby hope that the relevant authority can clarify the above 2 incidents before
more confusion is arised.
Your kind attention is greatly appreciated.
Yeo Boon Teck