Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Punish those Drunk Drivers

With Christmas and New Year's celebration both within a week each, there are certainly more parties to attend and more reasons to celebrate. Some Singaporeans and residents are forgetting that no matter what, it is still dangerous to drink and drive. So, on Friday night, when the traffic police set up a series of road blocks covering the watering holes in town, as many as 18 were caught for drink driving when they failed the breathalyser test for alcohol limit. All of these arrested were men between 28 and 60 years old. And during this 4 hour, there were also 21 others who were summoned for other traffic related offences too. Can you imagine how much danger all these people are causing to the rest of the road users and pedestrians?

I think the police should clamp down harder before more any harm. Perhaps pubs should not allow their patrons to drive back by offering them a special pub taxi service as a special deal for those who consumes more than 2 drinks.

In Singapore, first time offenders are fined between S$1,00 to S$5,000 or jailed up to 6 months but can you imagine how much grief, costs and others if there was an accident or even a fatal one. Perhaps these people should be slapped with a Drink Driver Offense sticker on their car, driving license to warn people and also to shame them. Singaporeans are all very image conscious and always like to avoid embarrassement. If those caught for littering got to wear the CWO (Corrective Work Order) jackets and sweep the streets in Singapore, these drunk drivers should be punish too. How about letting them wear Drunk Driver jackets and have them prune the trees... perhaps they would understand why the streets should be free of drunk drivers!

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