By S. Harrish
HARSHER penalties await those found guilty of reckless or drink driving with fines of up to RM150,000 or maximum 20 years jail.
In amendments tabled in parliament today, the Transport Ministry proposed that those charged with causing death due to dangerous or reckless driving can be jailed up to 10 years in jail and a maximum fine of RM50,000, if convicted.
In the case of a second or subsequent conviction, a person can face between 10 to 15 years jail term, and a maximum fine of RM100,000.
According to The Star, those who cause deaths due to dangerous or reckless driving will also have their licenses disqualified for five years.
Currently, those guilty of the offence face between two and 10 years in jail and a fine of between RM5,000 and RM20,000.
The amendments include having their licenses suspended for a period of five years, instead of the current two-year period.
Those charged for careless and inconsiderate driving can face a fine of between RM5,000 and RM10,000, and a maximum jail term of 12 months.
Second or subsequent convictions will see fines of between RM10,000 and RM15,000, and a maximum jail term of 12 months.
For drink driving, the proposal says that anyone causing death while driving under the influence of alcohol, liquor or drugs or has alcohol content exceeding the limit, can be jailed between 10 and 15 years and fined between RM50,000 and RM100,000.
Their licenses will also be suspended for 10 years.
For second or subsequent convictions, they can be jailed between 15 and 20 years, and fined between RM100,000 and RM150,000.
Those who found driving above the permissible alcohol limits can be jailed between seven and 10 years and fined between RM30,000 and RM50,000.
For second or subsequent convictions, they can be jailed between 10 and 15 years, and fined between RM50,000 and RM100,000 with their licenses suspended for seven years.
The Bill also seeks to lower the limit of alcohol content allowed in an individual to 22 microgram of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath; 50 milligram of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood; or 67 milligram of alcohol in 100 millilitres of urine.