Tough for victims to make claims in drink driving cases

Drink driving is a common exclusion in motor policies here, say insurers, so they are not liable to provide cover

Traffic Police conducting an anti-drink driving operation in Republic Boulevard. Industry players say it is not unusual for victims to make large medical claims to offset the property damage caused by drink drivers.
Traffic Police conducting an anti-drink driving operation in Republic Boulevard. Industry players say it is not unusual for victims to make large medical claims to offset the property damage caused by drink drivers.LIANHE ZAOBAO FILE PHOTO

Last November, Mr Jim Quah, 33, was driving his van along the Central Expressway when a luxury car hit his vehicle from behind, sending it swerving out of control.

While he and the other driver were checking on the vehicles, Mr Quah said he smelled alcohol on the other man's breath and called the police. The driver was arrested after failing a breathalyser test.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 19, 2019, with the headline 'Tough for victims to make claims in drink driving cases'. Print Edition | Subscribe