02 Jan '12, 9pm

Should all drink drivers be given jail sentences, even if they were not in accidents?

I REFER to the report "'Parking tickets' to deter drink drivers" (Dec 28). While I appreciate that the Traffic Police and Singapore Road Safety Council have been spreading the anti-drink driving message over the years, I question why we are adopting a softer approach in the current campaign. Of the 15 deaths in the first nine months last year, six - 40 per cent - were innocent road users killed in accidents caused by drunk drivers. How many innocent lives do we need to lose and families destroyed before we get tough with drunk drivers? When a person drinks and drives, he/she knows that the irresponsible action may harm others. That is premeditated intention to cause harm. The argument that his/her judgment is impaired by alcohol holds no water because he/she can decide, before the first drink, not to drink and drive. The current punishment is not a sufficient deterrent. A ...

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