Drink-driving during MCO: Man gets maximum RM6,000 fine 
Published on: Tuesday, May 19, 2020
By: Jo Ann Mool
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Kota Kinabalu: A 64-year-old man was on Monday slapped with a maximum fine of RM6,000 or two weeks’ jail for drink-driving during the Movement Control Order (MCO) last month.

Chai Bun Kui pleaded guilty before Magistrate Stephanie Sherron Abbie to committing the offence while driving a four-wheel-drive (4WD) at 6.31pm on April 28 along Jalan Penampang, in front of the Blue 7 building.

Traffic prosecuting officer Inspector Mohd Firdaus Che Mustafa, in presenting the facts of the case, told the court that a man driving a 4WD, later identified as Chai, was detained by police for running through the “Ops Covid-19” roadblock during the MCO at the said place.

Chai was driving from the Towering area towards Kopungit and was suspected to be driving under the influence of alcohol at that time, the court heard.

A breathalyser alcohol test conducted on Chai at the Penampang police station found that the alcohol level found in Chai’s body was 149mg in 100ml blood, which exceeded the permitted level of 80mg in 100ml blood, said Mohd Firdaus.

Mohd Firdaus applied for a heavier sentence be imposed based on the facts of the case and public interest.

He said Chai had committed the offence during the MCO.

Mohd Firdaus also submitted that the said accident caused losses to government properties as the roadblock component was damaged.

Chai requested for a lenient sentence.

He was charged under Section 45A(1) of the Road Transport Act 1987 which provides for a fine of between RM1,000 and RM6,000 or jail of up to 12 months on conviction. 


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