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Over 2,300 motorists nabbed for drink driving in the first 9 months of this year

Published on Dec 5, 2013 7:20 PM
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More than 2,300 motorists were arrested for drink driving in the first nine months of the year - a nine per cent increase over the same period a year ago. There were also 88 drink-driving accidents resulting in 16 deaths in the same period. -- ST FILE PHOTO: MUGILAN RAJASEGERAN

More than 2,300 motorists were arrested for drink driving in the first nine months of the year - a nine per cent increase over the same period a year ago. There were also 88 drink-driving accidents resulting in 16 deaths in the same period.

"This senseless loss of lives is preventable and we need to do more," said Senior Minister of State for Home Affairs Masagos Zulkifli on Thursday evening. "Despite our reminders that drinking and driving do not mix, we still see many motorists taking their chances."

Urging motorists to enjoy year-end festivities in a "safe and responsible" manner at the launch of the STCars Anti-Drink Drive Campaign, Mr Masagos noted the revised sentencing guidelines spelt out in the High Court in September this year.

First-time offenders can face disqualification from driving for at least a year and a maximum $5,000 fine or six months in jail. Repeat offenders may be punished with a maximum fine of $30,000 and a mandatory jail term of up to three years. They may also be caned up to six strokes should death or serious injury be caused.

 
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