Senior citizen fined RM6,000 for drink driving

Police officers check vehicles at a roadblock to monitor drink drivers. (Bernama pic)

PORT DICKSON: A 71-year-old man was fined RM6,000 in lieu of six months’ jail by the Magistrate’s Court here today for drink driving.

Magistrate Siti Huzaifah Abd Talib meted the sentence on Syed Mahmood Syed Nazimuddin after he pleaded guilty to the charge.

Syed Mahmood was charged with driving a Mercedes Benz car while under the influence of alcohol, with a blood alcohol content reading of 211mg per 100ml which is above the permitted level of 80mg per 100ml, when stopped at Jalan Kampung Baru Sirusa here at 11.05pm on June 6.

The charge was framed under Section 45A(1) of the Road Transport Act 1987 which provides a fine of up to RM6,000 with the offender liable to imprisonment for up to 12 months upon conviction.

The prosecution was conducted by deputy public prosecutor Hafizah Zainul Hashimi while the accused was not represented.

Syed Mahmood paid the fine.

Meanwhile, in Kuala Lumpur, eight men were fined between RM2,200 and RM2,400 each, or in default between four and five weeks’ jail, by the Magistrate’s Court today for driving under the influence of alcohol.

Magistrate Puteri Nursheila Rahimi meted out the fine on the eight men, aged between 28 and 63, after all of them pleaded guilty to the charge.

The accused were Ng Wei Kean, 28; Ong Hup Heng, 58; Lim Wang Sin, 36; Ooi Choo Ching, 38; Tan Wah On, 38; Tan Peng Koon, 50; Mak Wai Ming, 57 and M Segaran, 51.

They were charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, with readings of 86mg to 149mg per 100ml blood, which is above the permitted level of 80mg per 100ml blood, when stopped at Jalan Kuchai Lama, Jalan Kepong, Jalan Kerinchi Link and Jalan Duta Kiara here between 10.15pm on June 10 and 12.11am today.

They were charged under Section 45A(1) of the Road Transport Act 1987 which provides for a fine of up to RM6,000 and imprisonment of up to 12 months, upon conviction.

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