JOHOR BARU: A total of nine people were charged at the Magistrate Court here with drink-driving under the new Road Transport (Amendment) Act 2020.
However, only eight of the accused pleaded guilty to the charge that was read to them in front of Magistrate Nurasidah A. Rahman.
According to the charge sheet, all of the accused are aged between 25 to 56 and were apprehended during the "Ops Mabuk" roadblocks that were conducted between Oct 23 to Oct 25 in Johor Baru and Iskandar Puteri.
All of the accused was driving under the influence of alcohol above the prescribed limit of 50mg of alcohol in 100ml of blood.
The act is an offence under Section 45A (1) of the Road Transport (Amendment) Act 2020 for drink-driving which carries a jail term of not more than two years, a fine ranging between RM10,000 to RM30,000 and having their licence revoked for two years or more.
The prosecution was conducted by Asst Supt Azmi Abdul Salam while all of the accused were not represented.
One of the accused, a 56-year-old man who pleaded not guilty, was ordered to hire a lawyer and pay a bail of RM13,000 with Nov 26 for the case re-mention.
The rest were sentenced by the court to undergo imprisonment for one week and fined RM10,000 each, and their driving licenses were suspended for two years.
A failure to pay the fine would result in an additional 10 months imprisonment.
On Oct 22, Transport Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong said the newly amended Road Transport Act will come into effect on Oct 23 (Friday) as it has received the commencement appointment date from the Attorney General’s Chambers.
Under the newly amended Act, those who cause death due to recklessness or driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs will have to face stiffer penalties.
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