Written Replies to Parliamentary Questions

Written Reply to Parliamentary Question on Introducing Stricter Prescribed Alcohol Limits for Motorists, by Mr K Shanmugam, Minister for Home Affairs and Minister for Law

Published: 15 January 2019


Mr Murali Pillai:
To ask the Minister for Home Affairs whether the Ministry will consider introducing a stricter prescribed limit of alcohol in a motorist's blood or breath whilst driving or being in charge of a motor vehicle if the motorist is under the age of 21 years or a probationary driver.




1.     The Traffic Police (“TP”) does not rely only on the prescribed alcohol limit, to determine whether a motorist has been drink-driving. A motorist will be deemed to have done so, as long as he has consumed alcohol and is unable to exercise control over his vehicle.


2.     TP also does not differentiate its treatment of drink-drivers, based on age or driving experience. Young drivers and drivers with probationary licences are not more likely than other drivers to drink-drive.