“If you drink, don’t drive”, this was one of the messages that has been sending islandwide in Singapore. Perhaps some of the drivers has learned from their lessons that not only it will bring harm to yourself and others, it will burn a big hole in your pocket.
In order to reduce the increasing number of accidents occurred due to drink driving, Singapore government has raised the fines amount and penalties on drink drivers. It is consider drink driving if your breath contains more than 45mg of alcohol per 100ml of breath, but a recent change in the law that if you are found with more than 35mg of alcohol per 100ml of breath or more than 80mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood, you have exceeded the legal limit of Singapore Road Traffic Act and deemed as drink driving.
1st Offence – Fine between S$ 1,000 to S$ 5,000, or 6 months of imprisonment.
2nd Offence – Fine between S$ 3,000 and S$ 10,000 and up to 12 months imprisonment
3rd and subsequent offence – Fine up to S$30,000 and up to 3 years imprisonment
Driver will be barred 1 year from driving even though there is no traffic accident.
The Straits Time