Drinking and driving penalties
Ram Goundar, Suva
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.