Traffic Department Tightening up on Drunk Drivers

The Department has also given notice that they are vigorously attacking this sort of offence which is already showing an increase, compared to previous years, for the same period.

Sergeant Calvin Amory of the Department has warned motorists that the onus is on the police to try to educate the public, about the laws that speak specifically to drivers under the influence of liquor and drugs.

Chapter 15.06, section 40 subsection 1 of the Law states, “Any person who when driving or attempting to drive, or when in charge of a motor vehicle on a road, is under the influence of a drink or drugs to such an extent to be incapable of having proper control of the vehicle, shall be liable on summary conviction, to a fine not exceeding $1,500 or imprisonment with or without hard labour, for a term not exceeding 4 months, and in the case of a second or subsequent conviction, either to be fined not exceeding $5,000, or to be imprisoned not exceeding 6 months, or to both, such a fine or imprisonment.

Section 40 subsection 2 states, “A person convicted of an offence under this section, shall without prejudice to the power of the court to order a longer period of disqualification, be disqualified for a period of 12 months from the date of the conviction and if there is an appeal against the conviction, the conviction is upheld for holding or obtaining a driver’s license. On the second conviction for a like offence he or she shall be permanently disqualified from holding or obtaining a driver’s license”

Amory continued, “I want to appeal to motorists that we at the Traffic Department, are supposed to make sure that the road is safe and we cannot do enough by trying to educate the public by letting them know that whenever you are drinking, we are asking you to designate a driver because we recognise the danger that you can cause to yourself and to other persons who are using the road.”

The Sergeant also emphasized that the traffic department is not asking for persons to stop drinking but are pleading that when one consumes alcohol that they do not drive.

He added that “The law gives a prescribed limit which is 80 milligrams of alcohol in a hundred millilitres of blood  and once one is over that,  it means you are exceeding the limit and the Department is asking persons  to please adhere (to the law), because it is very easy to get caught doing this.”

Amory concluded by pleading, “We are appealing to persons; whenever you are driving and you are going out to party, to designate a driver, someone who is not drinking, we recognize that persons are drinking and are attempting to drive their vehicle. We want to make the road safer and we are asking persons not to drink alcohol while you are driving because once you are caught you can get your license suspended.”

Basseterre, St. Kitts-After prosecuting and achieving three convictions for Driving Under the Influence, (DUI), so far for 2012, the Traffic Department of the Police is again urging motorists in the country to conform to the Laws, as they relate to driving under the influence of alcohol.

The Department has also given notice that they are vigorously attacking this sort of offence which is already showing an increase, compared to previous years, for the same period.

Sergeant Calvin Amory of the Department has warned motorists that the onus is on the police to try to educate the public, about the laws that speak specifically to drivers under the influence of liquor and drugs.

Chapter 15.06, section 40 subsection 1 of the Law states, “Any person who when driving or attempting to drive, or when in charge of a motor vehicle on a road, is under the influence of a drink or drugs to such an extent to be incapable of having proper control of the vehicle, shall be liable on summary conviction, to a fine not exceeding $1,500 or imprisonment with or without hard labour, for a term not exceeding 4 months, and in the case of a second or subsequent conviction, either to be fined not exceeding $5,000, or to be imprisoned not exceeding 6 months, or to both, such a fine or imprisonment.

Section 40 subsection 2 states, “A person convicted of an offence under this section, shall without prejudice to the power of the court to order a longer period of disqualification, be disqualified for a period of 12 months from the date of the conviction and if there is an appeal against the conviction, the conviction is upheld for holding or obtaining a driver’s license. On the second conviction for a like offence he or she shall be permanently disqualified from holding or obtaining a driver’s license”

Amory continued, “I want to appeal to motorists that we at the Traffic Department, are supposed to make sure that the road is safe and we cannot do enough by trying to educate the public by letting them know that whenever you are drinking, we are asking you to designate a driver because we recognise the danger that you can cause to yourself and to other persons who are using the road.”

The Sergeant also emphasized that the traffic department is not asking for persons to stop drinking but are pleading that when one consumes alcohol that they do not drive.

He added that “The law gives a prescribed limit which is 80 milligrams of alcohol in a hundred millilitres of blood  and once one is over that,  it means you are exceeding the limit and the Department is asking persons  to please adhere (to the law), because it is very easy to get caught doing this.”

Amory concluded by pleading, “We are appealing to persons; whenever you are driving and you are going out to party, to designate a driver, someone who is not drinking, we recognize that persons are drinking and are attempting to drive their vehicle. We want to make the road safer and we are asking persons not to drink alcohol while you are driving because once you are caught you can get your license suspended.”

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