Wee: Some entertainment outlet operators getting own breathalyser test kits

KUALA LUMPUR: Some night clubs and pub operators have taken the initiative to get their own breathalyser test kits, in lieu of stiffer penalties for drink driving, says Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong (pic).

"There is some awareness on this and some entertainment outlet operators have started purchasing their own breathalyser test kits.

"Although such breathalyser test on patrons are not mandatory, we are making it a condition for outlet operators who participate in our awareness campaign to advise their patrons to adhere to the law," Dr Wee said when answering Datuk Mohd Nizar Zakaria (BN-Parit) in Dewan Rakyat on Monday (Aug 3).

He added that there is a need to create awareness among operators on the new permissible alcohol levels and stiffer penalties related to drink driving.

Dr Wee also noted a large scale campaign will be carried out to encourage drivers who drink to use e-hailing services such as those promoted by Grab Malaysia.

Mohd Nizar asked if there were any plans to make it mandatory for night club operators such as in Japan, to get patrons to conduct a breathalyser test before allowing them to drive off.

Mohd Nizar also said that it is mandatory in Japan for night club operators to call for e-hailing services for patrons who have drank above the permissible alcohol levels.

Earlier, Dr Wee reminded lawmakers to support the Bill to amend the Road Transport Act, when it comes up for vote in Dewan Rakyat.

On July 27, Dr Wee tabled for the first reading the Road Transport (Amendment) Bill 2020, which is likely to be passed in the present meeting.

The amendments covers Section 41 and 45 of the Act with jail sentence for those convicted of driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol or drugs to the extent of causing death to be increased to between 10 and 15 years with a fine of between RM50,000 and RM100,000 for the first offence.

For the second and subsequent offence, the jail term will be between 15 and 20 years, with a fine of between RM100,000 and RM150,000.

The permissible alcohol levels will also be lowered to 22 micrograms of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath, 50 milligrams of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood, or 67 milligrams of alcohol in 100 millilitres of urine.

The levels currently adopted by the country are 35 micrograms of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath, 80 milligrams of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood or 107 milligrams of alcohol in 100 millilitres of urine.

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