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Second Minister for Home Affairs S Iswaran said there is no need to amend the Road Traffic Act to differentiate between the type and length of punishment for accidents caused by carelessness and drink driving.
SINGAPORE: Second Minister for Home Affairs S Iswaran said there is no need to amend the Road Traffic Act to differentiate between the type and length of punishment for accidents caused by carelessness and drink driving.
He was responding to a suggestion raised by MP for Tampines GRC Baey Yam Keng in Parliament on Monday.
Mr Baey asked the minister to consider reviewing the penalties including setting a minimum sentence for drivers who cause death when they exceeded the legal limit even if it is a first offence.
Mr Iswaran replied: "We reserve this approach for the types of offences or situations which are quite exceptional. We have done this for example, unlicensed money laundering, harassment, which causes damages. We used it for certain type of drug related offences.
“We use this sparingly because we want to reserve it where circumstances and the nature and trends of those offences warrant such action."
A driver who causes a fatal or injury traffic accident while under the influence of alcohol will be charged a maximum penalty of between S$1,000 and S$5,000 or jailed up to six months.
The fine and jail term increase on a second or subsequent conviction.
Mr Iswaran also added that deaths and injuries arising from drink driving have reduced from 179 cases in 2008 to 98 cases in 2012.