Drink­ing and driv­ing penal­ties

Ram Goundar, Suva

Fiji Sun - - Comments -

I re­fer to the let­ter by Roneel Chang of Nadi in the Fiji Sun dated 10/10/16 on the above sub­ject mat­ter (Drunk and Drive) and I quite agree with his com­ments and con­cerns.

He has rightly pointed out that the au­thor­i­ties should hit them hard in the pocket, be­cause no amount of aware­ness, ed­u­ca­tion and road pa­trols will ed­u­cate these driv­ers’ at­ti­tudes in the name of road safety. Another op­tion would be to do some amend­ments in the traf­fic laws in the name of re­duc­ing road car­nage through an act of the Par­lia­ment and im­ple­ment­ing of “manda­tory 14 days re­mand pe­riod on the first in­stance upon ar­rest for drunk and drive cases”.

This will at least give the so called Smart Driv­ers who are in the habit of try­ing to beat the sys­tem to think twice be­fore they sit be­hind the wheels un­der the in­flu­ence of drinks as to what they would they pre­fer, that is, con­tinue their day to day work and daily earn­ings and a se­cured job or a 14 days re­mand at the re­mand cen­tre and court process to fol­low. I think no em­ployer will reen­gage an em­ployee af­ter 14 days of ab­sen­teeism es­pe­cially re­turn from a re­mand cen­tre for drunk and drive. It is high time these mes­sages go into their top cells now or never.

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