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  1. How it all began [December 2017] I had a couple of beers with some friends at a bar along Beach Road. Christmas was around the corner, the festive mood had set in and spirits were high. Now when I say "a couple of beers", I probably had like 5 standard glasses (if we're being specific). I left the bar around 11.30pm to head to another location to meet a different group of friends. These are just some of the phrases I told my friends before getting into my car. I was young-er, carefree, ignorant and stupid. And I got caught. Why so stupid? The reasons that I used to convince myself that drink driving was okay seem pretty dumb to me today [2020]. 1. If I met a girl, I could impress her with my car and driving skills even though I was intoxicated 2. I felt like I could save money by driving by wasting money on a taxi or private hire 3. You don’t have to “fight” with hundreds of other people trying to get a taxi or private hire car at the same time as you 4. It’s easier and convenient to go to the next drinking location How I got caught drink driving My other appointment was somewhere in the West. I didn’t think that there would be a roadblock set up before 12 midnight! Or at least, not along the usual route I took. I was wrong. When you see a roadblock after drinking, let me tell you that it’s one of the worst combinations of feelings (easily top 10) you’ll ever feel as a person. The gut-wrenching fear, the sweaty palms, the increased heart rate and adrenaline all hits you at once. On top of the buzz you're feeling from the alcohol, that's one #$%^$% up emotional cocktail that no one should go through. Roadblocks are strategically placed so that you have no where to run. You can try and do a 3-point turn and drive against traffic but you'll still get caught eventually (those motorbikes are fast). If you’re unfortunate enough to get the iconic “Asian flush” (like I do) after drinking, there’s nowhere you can hide. I tried to mask the smell of alcohol by lighting up a cigarette, but the officer did not buy it one bit. What you should do The standard question they will ask: You have 2 choices right there n then; lie or tell the truth. If you lie and they find out that you’ve been drinking after conducting an alcohol breath test, you’ll be handcuffed and brought away, no questions asked. If you tell them the truth (like I did), they’ll give you the decency of not handcuffing you, but you’ll still get sent to lock up if you fail the breath test. The police will then ask if there’s anyone who can drive your car away or they will tow it somewhere. I managed to find a couple of SOBER friends who did me a solid and took my car for me. What happened next was probably the longest 8 to 9 hours of my life. I had a "free taxi ride" to the Police Station in Ubi I was processed and thrown into a holding cell I needed to use the toilet, but they sent a guard with me to ensure I didn’t drink any water (I’ll get to this in a bit) I had to wait for 5 to 6 hours before an Investigating Officer (IO) saw me I was only released 1 to 2 hours after my “interview” with the IO Alcohol Breath Test If you fail the breath test at the roadblock, the Police will conduct another one while you’re in lock up. Think of that as your second chance. If you pass, you will probably get a warning and they'll let you go. The reason why they assigned a guard to follow me to the toilet was so that I wouldn’t drink tap water to lower my alcohol percentage in my breath. I even contemplated drinking toilet bowl water, but the thought of that (even today), is still a disgusting one. It’s no surprise that I failed the second alcohol breath test (my reading was 51ug). The prescribed limit is 35 microgrammes (ug) per 100 millimetres (ml) of breath. Drink Driving Penalties Between 35 – 54 ug: $1,000 to $2,000 in fines, and a driving ban of 12 to 18 months Between 55 – 69 ug: $2,000 to $3,000 in fines, and a driving ban for 18 to 24 months Between 70 – 89 ug: $3,000 to $4,000 in fines, and a driving ban for 24 to 36 months At least 90 ug: $4,000 to $5,000 in fines, and a driving ban for 36 to 48 months or longer *Applicable to first-time offenders only I had to appear in court sometime in January 2018, and I got hit with a $2000 fine and a driving ban of 18 months (the maximum punishment for people within the 1st tier). Lessons learnt The worst thing about having a driving ban of more than 11 months is that you will have to retake EVERYTHING! Your Basic Theory, Final Theory and Practical Driving Test. Include the $2000 fine, and you’re paying a lot of money for your stupidity. Should have just paid the $15 for a cab right? I hope by writing this, I will be able to dissuade people from drink driving and not make the same costly (not to mention, dangerous) mistake I made. Thanks for reading and drive safe! [July 2020]
  2. If u have friends that drink and drive/drive without license or even both, what would u do? Considering that words have fallen on deaf ears, family members are well aware but nth can be done to stop do nth n continue to let ur friend drink n drive hope he kana caught but one day if he drink n drive n kill some innocent guy on the road can u live with the guilt? or be decisive n report him to the police for his own good? those who choose to drink n drive, drive w/o license n kana caught deserve no pity from anyone A police spokesman added: "A 52-year-old male car driver had fled the scene and was subsequently arrested along Canberra Road on the same day for suspected drug-related and traffic-related offences including dangerous driving, driving without a valid licence and taking of motor vehicle without owner's consent."
  3. With what seems like more drunk driving cases, someone suggested this measure. Do you agree with it? maybe, if those lie to say not driving but caught driving, double the punishment to the driver,passengers only. EXTRACTED FROM THE NEWSPAPER.
  4. Four 19 to 20 year old students went clubbing at Clarke Quay yesterday. Male student drove 3 girls home after clubbing early this morning. Male student lose control of car, car spun 180 degrees and crashed into a tree at Old Tampines Road. The 2 girls seated at the back died. Male student and the front passenger suffered injuries. http://news.omy.sg/News/Local-News/Qi-Che-Zhuang-Shu-2Nu-Sheng-Duan-Hun-247581#sthash.3LCoBPU9.dpuf
  5. A crash resulting in serious injury or death is more likely to be caused by a distracted driver than a drinking one. Waikato District Health Board trauma specialist Dr Grant Christey said distracted drivers cause 25 per cent of serious crashes, whereas drinking drivers cause 18 per cent. "The most common reasons are texting or talking on a mobile phone, people talking in the car, or kids in the back." "They also suggest you are 400 per cent more likely to crash if you're using a mobile phone Please be safe out there everyone!!
  6. StreetFight3r

    Drink Driving Friends

    Case 1: A's car is down at the workshop n so he started telling us tat he wants his car bk as it is very inconvenient to go drink without his car.... Note: Not the first time he has been telling us tis. Case 2: B went drinking (and driving), then came to meet us for a gathering.... He tells us he is quite seh aldy, cannot join us for long.. Both are friends. Both are like 19, 20 yo.. We have tried telling em abt the consequences aldy but they dun seems to care. What wud u do if u have friends who drink n drive? My stand is if u want to kill urself ok but dun take away the lives of the innocent...
  7. Traffic police arrested 17 motorists for drink-driving in an island-wide operation in the early hours on Saturday. In a statement, it said 54 motorists were stopped and tested for alcohol consumption during the operation. Seventeen motorists aged between 25 and 59, including 16 men and one woman, failed the test and were arrested. The highest Breath Evidential Analyser (BEA) test result was 81 microgrammes of alcohol per 100 millilitres of breath. That is more than twice the prescribed legal limit of 35 microgrammes of alcohol per 100 millilitres of breath. Traffic police warned that those found guilty of drink-driving will be disqualified from driving for at least 12 months. They will lose their driving licences and have to retake and pass the theory and practical driving tests to get their driving licences again. In addition, first-time offenders can be fined between S$1,000 and S$5,000. Repeat offenders may be fined up to S$30,000 and given a mandatory jail term of up to three years. They may also be caned up to six strokes if death or serious injury is caused. Source: http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/17-arrested-for-drink/967754.html
  8. A video from my facebook feed...do you think drink driving? https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=10152506405891998
  9. 2cents

    An award winning prank

    http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/trending-now/friends-pull-prank-to-teach-friend-with-drunk-driving-record-a-lesson-191206047.html?vp=1 Advocacy groups have tried a plethora of methods to raise awareness of the problem of driving while under the influence of alcohol. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, over 10,000 people died in drunk-driving accidents throughout 2012. That is one person every 51 minutes. But apparently the risk of killing yourself or someone else, not to mention criminal prosecution and legal fees, just isn't enough to deter some people from consuming alcohol and sitting behind the wheel. Comedian Tom Mabe is now using a different approach to stop DUIs, and it involves a little tough love for one of his friends. The notorious YouTube prankster teamed up with Jim Clark to play an elaborate joke on a man who has been charged with five DUIs. After the mark, identified only as Dennis, allegedly became intoxicated and passed out in his truck, Mabe and Clark transported the man to an office that was set up to look like a hospital room. When Dennis woke up, a doctor played by Clark informed him that he had been in a coma for 10 years. Then Mabe came in, dressed as a doctor and disguised by a surgical face mask, to check on his friend. After asking Dennis if he could feel his feet and legs, Mabe began slapping him in the face! "Five DUIs! Five (expletive) DUIs!" Mabe shouts at him, ripping off his surgical mask to reveal his identity. When Dennis laughs, Mabe yells, "It's not funny. You could've lost a daughter. Ten years wasted away here." Mabe is known for his comedy, but he strikes a serious tone as he attempts to explain to Dennis that he needs to curb his alcohol consumption. As Dennis keeps laughing, the comedian simply walks away in disgust. If five DUIs and an elaborate intervention by his friends can't get the message through, what will?
  10. Regan_ong

    Zouk's anti-drink driving campaign

    A night of partying may be all in good fun, until it's time to go home that it. All too often, late night revelers get behind the wheel after a one drink too many. Accidents caused by drunk driving is a major problem all around the world, and the city state of Singapore is no exception. But one nightclub is taking an unconventional approach to prevent drunk driving. The solution - a 'Pee Analyser'. Working with marketing agency DDB Group Singapore, popular nightspot Zouk came up with the charmingly named Pee Analyser, a urinal-based system that detects the amount of alcohol in a punter's pee before issuing a warning if they're over the legal limit. And here's how it works. When a driver arrives at the club, they hand over their keys in exchange for an RFID parking card. Once activated, the card is capable of identifying a driver and recording information regarding the driver's alcohol level. It does this by way of a urine testing device fitted in the urinal, a device that its maker says will instantly reset to accommodate consecutive readings, thereby avoiding any mix-ups with the pee of previous urinal visitors. The urinal-based testing device is paired with an RFID reader that detects, tags and reads information from the cards, so if a patron's pee contains too much alcohol, a message will flash up on a screen directly in front saying - "Maybe you've had one too many to drive. Call a cab or use our drive home service." Of course, there's a chance the person peeing may be too drunk to focus on the words in front of them, or simply too wasted to compute the information, so when they hand in their card at the end of the night in exchange for their keys, an RFID reader at the exit will convey the information from the tagged card to the valet, who'll once again suggest the car-owning clubber to make alternative arrangements for getting home. The pee analyser may be the most technologically advanced approach, but some experts have called urine testing an unreliable method for determining alcohol impairment. And although the system is only installed in male toilets, we reckon it still does some magic in curbing the numbers of drink drivers. Good work there, Zouk. Check out the below video from DDB Group Singapore to learn more about the system.
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