New sentencing guidelines for drink-driving in Singapore
Drink-driving laws here are now easier to apply, following new sentencing guidelines laid down by Chief Justice Sundaresh Menon.
After surveying recent cases, the CJ said yesterday that the starting point for punishment of offenders should be the level of alcohol in an offender's body. Any "aggravating or mitigating" factors should then be considered.
He spelt out four bands of punishment for first-time offenders. Each contains a range of sentences, based on the level of alcohol in excess of the legal limit of 35 microgrammes (ug) per 100 millilitres of breath:
CJ Menon stressed, however, that the benchmarks were "neutral starting points" in categories that were flexible. He noted, among other things, that the level of alcohol tolerance would vary from person to person.