Parliament: Up to $2,000 fine, 3 months' jail for repeat offenders who drink during banned hours

SINGAPORE - Under the proposed legislation in the Liquor Control (Supply and Consumption) Bill, those found to be consuming alcohol in a public place during the prescribed no-public drinking period of 10:30pm to 7am, could face fines and jail time.

First-time offenders could be fined up to $1,000, and repeat offenders risk paying a maxium of $2,000 or imprisonment of up to three months, or both.

If a person is found trespassing or appearing in a public place while drunk and causing annoyance to another, he could face slightly stiffer penalties: a fine of up to $1,000 or jail time of up to six months, or both.

Police officers and an approved person can request for personal information and conduct inspections of a person's property, including seeking the removal of one or more garments, to look for containers of liquor. Those who fail to comply with such requests and inspections could be fined up to $2,500 or jailed up to three months, or both.

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