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Letter: Increased Cases of Drunk Driving

Recently, the rate of fatal road accidents due to drunk driving has increased. Many motorists continue to drive under the influence of alcohol despite repeated calls by the authorities for the public to desist from such a practice.

One may wonder why people continue driving under the influence of alcohol even though they know that it’s wrong and dangerous. Perhaps not enough is done to emphasize the seriousness of the offence. I personally view that it’s time to instill serious measures on drunk driving and show others that indeed, driving under the influence of alcohol is not tolerated.

The government, at the end of the day, needs to amend the penalty Section 41 (of the Road Transport Act 1987) to impose a heavier penalty to those who cause accidents leading to death due to driving in a drunken state. 

Anything which causes emotional and mental changes is dangerous. Alcohol is a psycho-active substance. It can cause severe psychological damage in the short run, leading to aggression, accident, suicide and poor judgement. In the long run, it can even cause brain and liver damage.

Time for the government to treat drunk driving as a serious problem.

 

S.Sundralingam

 

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