Lest you’ve been living a cat’s life by staying under a car for years, you’d know that drink driving is a serious offence here in Singapore.
How serious, you ask.
Currently, the penalty for first-time offenders is up to six months’ imprisonment and a fine up to $5,000. The offender will also be disqualified from driving for at least a year.
A revised one, which is set to take place soon, would double the penalty, which means a year’s imprisonment and a fine up to $10,000, with a disqualification from driving for at least two years.
So, don’t pray pray. It’s not just 12 demerit points hor.
And by the way, if you’re caught three times, you’ll face a lifetime ban from driving.
But what’s considered drink driving, you ask again.
You’ve many questions, but thank God I’m free so here goes:
The limit is 35 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath, or 80 milligrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood. Since police officers aren’t going to draw out 100ml of blood from you during a road block, you’d most probably go through a breathalyser test.
So how much can you drink before you fail the breathalyser test?
The thing is, there’s no precise amount. It depends a lot on your weigh, gender, age, metabolism, how fast you drink and whether you’ve drunk on an empty stomach or not. Using your own judgement isn’t accurate as well, as proven in this case.
Rosalind Pho, an Actress Who used Her Own Judgement
Rosalind Pho, also known as Roz Pho, is an actress who starred in the never-ending-but-finally-ended drama Tanglin. The 36-year-old, who’s a Dutch national but holds a Singapore PR, had gone to meet some friends on 1 October 2019 at the Wine Company located on Dempsey Road
After two glasses of white wine, she left at 12:50am, and was stopped in a road block along Holland Road.
I bet you must be thinking, Is she panicking? Is she going to stop from afar, shouts to the officers that she’s got good GPA and can excel in life, and just reverse her way back to the Wine Company?
According to her Instagram Story, she was confident because she wasn’t tipsy, and even told the police officer that she was going to pass the breathalyser test.
She had 47 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath, and was immediately arrested and escorted to the Traffic Police HQ whereby she went through further breath analysis test.
The actress, who just got married last year to a guy whom she’s been dating for more than 16 years, was charged today (10 Oct 2019). She pleaded guilty in court to one charge of driving under the influence of alcohol, and was fined $1,750 and banned from driving for 15 months.
She has pleaded for a shorter period of disqualification as her mother has eye problems and needs to be driven around.
Apparently, she might not have good GPA failed and the sentence remains.
Moral of the story?
Don’t even smell alcohol if you know you’re going to drive. Just to be safe, you know.