The Trinidad and Tobago Police Service is advising that, effective January 30, the fines related to drunk driving, speeding and driving without a permit, have been increased. The following are the new penalties.
Motorists who drive drunk will now have to pay steep fines ranging from $12,000 to $22,500.
These new fines went into effect on January 30th 2015, with the amendment to the Motor Vehicle Road Traffic Act. Chapter 48:5 (MVRTA), which increased the penalties on existing road traffic offences.
A person will be liable under the Act once their breath alcohol level is in excess of 35 micro grammes.
The increased penalties under the MVRTA as amended are as follows:
Under Section 42 (1) persons Driving Without a valid Driverís Permit can pay an increased fine of $1500 from the previous band of $500 - $1000.
For exceeding the speed limit, that fine has been increased from $4,000 to $6,000.
Under Section 70 (1) Driving under the Influence of Liquor, the fine has moved from $8,000 to $12,000 for a first conviction. In cases of repeat offenders, the fine can range from $15,000 to $22,500.
The other revised fines under Section 70 of the MVRTA are as follows:
∑ Section 70 B (5) Fails to Provide Breath Specimen fine increased from $8,000 to $12,000 for first conviction.
∑ Section 70 C(6)c & d Fails to Provide Breath or Attempts to Alter Specimen for Analysis fine increased from $8,000 to $12,000 for first conviction and from $15,000 to $22,500 for second conviction.
∑ Section 70 E (1) Refusal to Provide Blood Sample for Analysis fine increased from $8,000 to $12,000 for first conviction and from $15,000 to $22,500 for second conviction.
In the interest of public safety, the DUI Task Force of the TTPS in collaboration with Arrive Alive will continue to conduct voluntary alcohol breath testing at Sober Zones set up at certain pre and post Carnival events including the Ash Wednesday beach parties.