Islandwide Special operation to nab drunk drivers-Police
Police Spokesman Ruwan Gunasekara says that a special operation to arrest drunk drivers is being carried out islandwide.
At a special media briefing yesterday (14) he said that the operation is scheduled to run for one month from 5 July and 335 drunk drivers have been arrested in a 24-hour period from 13 to 14 July.
Gunasekara said that the arrest of inebriated drivers is done in the public interest and to minimize the traffic accidents caused by these impaired drivers.
Further, he said that the penalties imposed on drunk drivers are in accordance with Section 216 of the Motor Traffic Act and this Section 216 has been amended by the Motor Traffic Amendment Act No. 10 of 2019.
Accordingly, if a driver of an ordinary vehicle is found guilty of drunk driving, the court will fine the driver between Rs. 25,000 and Rs. 30,000 or sentence him or her for not more than three months imprisonment.
In addition to those penalties, the driver’s license is suspended for a period of not more than 12 months.
If a driver of passenger service is found guilty of drunk driving, the court will impose him a fine of between Rs. 25,000 and Rs. 30,000 or imprisonment of not more than six months and in addition to the two penalties, the driver’s license of the drunk driver of the passenger vehicle will also be revoked.
The driver who has been convicted of a drunk driving accident and liable to court will be liable to a fine of between Rs. 100,000 and Rs. 150,000 for driving under the influence of alcohol.
In addition, the driver will have to pay either the fine or serve a jail term of two to 10 years or both the fine and the jail sentence. The driver’s license of a drunk driver is also revoked.
The Police Spokesman also requested the drivers to avoid drunk driving by paying attention to the punishment and the harm done to society.