Group calls on Govt to amend drink drive law
Anti-drink driving group CADA has called on Government to reinstitute a mandatory driving ban for people who drink and drive.
CADA also called for the judiciary to practice within the spirit of the law in the meantime.
CADA chairman Anthony Santucci, said: “CADA is a non-partisan organisation which advocates for responsible alcohol behaviour. CADA is deeply concerned by the developing trend of road users convicted of driving while over the legal limit of alcohol, not receiving the driving ban.
“We know this is due to the technical error made in October last year when the Penalties Section of the Road Traffic Act was amended in an endeavour to increase the mandatory driving ban for driving while over the legal limit of alcohol from 12 months to 18 months. This amendment certainly used the words ‘18 months’, but left out the word ‘obligatory’.”
Mr Santucci added: “CADA is therefore calling for the Attorney General’s Chambers and the legislature to expeditiously rectify this technical error. CADA is also calling for the judiciary to practice within the spirit of the law in the meantime.
“Drinking and driving is a dangerous and deadly practice. It is unacceptable worldwide and carries severe penalties in most countries. Bermuda should be no different.
“There are alternatives to drinking and driving. Those who intend to drink should remember CADA’S mantra and put a plan in place before they leave home — ABCD, Always use Bus, Cab or Designated Driver.”
The plea comes just days after Gaylynne Cannonier, Premier Craig Cannonier’s sister, was fined but not disqualified after she admitted driving while impaired.
Government has said that amendments to reinstitute the mandatory road ban for drink driving offences will be tabled “in the near future”.
In the meantime, the legislative loophole has meant that banning drink drivers is at a presiding magistrate’s discretion.