72-Year-Old Drunk Business Owner Fails to Stop at 2 Red Lights

72-Year-Old Drunk Business Owner Fails to Stop at 2 Red Lights

A Singaporean business woman owner was arrested on Thursday after DUI at Jurong East, Teban Gardens.

Jurong East, Singapore – It is alleged that a 72-year-old woman who owns an electronics company had been drinking alcohol in the moments leading up to the time when she drove a vehicle and ran two red lights in the Teban Gardens neighbourhood of Jurong East.

Wong Sin Thye, the owner of Sin Li Electronics Trading, was arrested on Thursday and charged with one count each of driving under the influence of alcohol and driving without giving the road his full attention. On August 3, soon before midnight, she was allegedly driving along Teban Gardens Road towards West Coast Road when she failed to stop at two red light signals near Hasanah Mosque. The incident occurred in the vicinity of the mosque.

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Wong is also accused of having a breath alcohol level of at least 42 micrograms (mcg) per 100 millilitres of air at the time. The maximum amount of alcohol that can be detected in the same volume of breath is 35 mcg.
Wong was purportedly one of several drivers who were arrested by the police between the months of March and September after they allegedly failed their breathalyser tests while being subjected to routine checks, according to a statement released by the police on Wednesday.

The police went on to say that driving under the influence of alcohol is an act that is both incredibly risky and irresponsible. It is imperative that all drivers observe the regulations of the road in order to maintain public safety on the highways.

“The Traffic Police (TP) will not shy away from taking firm action against motorists who choose to flout traffic laws and put the safety of other people who use the road in jeopardy,” The number of individuals who were taken into custody for driving under the influence of alcohol increased from 1,453 in 2021 to 1,685 in 2022.
Drivers who commit traffic offences, such as driving under the influence of alcohol, now face harsher penalties according to an amendment to the Road Traffic Act that took effect January 2019.

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The maximum terms of imprisonment and fines that could previously be assessed for first-time offenders convicted of drunk driving have been increased to up to a year in prison and up to $10,000, respectively.
After a decrease that occurred during the two years when Covid-19 limitations largely slammed the doors on nightlife activities, there has been an increase in the number of traffic accidents that have been connected to drunk driving.

According to the numbers provided by TP, there were 175 accidents caused by drunk driving in 2022. This number represents an increase from 2018, when there were 178 accidents caused by drunk driving. In 2021, there were 155 accidents caused by drivers who had consumed alcohol.

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In the meantime, the number of people who were killed in car accidents caused by drunk driving increased from eight in 2021 to ten in 2022. On December 14, Wong is likely to enter a guilty plea.

Source: Thestraittimes

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