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Jan 7, 2016

Is There a Need for Stronger Legislation on Drunk Driving?

Allen Whylie

While there is certainly a need for more vigilance, cooperation and enforcement from Police and related traffic entities…is there a need for stronger legislation, or even new legislation? Here at News Five we’ve covered many accidents in which innocent lives were lost because drivers chose to drink. We’ve never heard of one who was imprisoned even after being found guilty of manslaughter by negligence in a court of law. Last year, in August, former Mayor and current Crown Counsel Ravell Gonzalez was found guilty after he knocked down two persons on the Phillip Goldson Highway, killing them. One of them was a two year old. He was ordered to pay fines of eight thousand dollars. Whylie says sentencing is at the Court’s discretion. 

 

Allen Whylie, Commissioner of Police

“I don’t think that the legislation is weak. Persons can be convicted for Manslaughter by Negligence and they can be incarcerated. It’s up to the presiding Judge to decide on the sentence. I am sure that in their wisdom they look at all the extenuating circumstances of how it occurred and whether or not it would be beneficial to incarcerate a person rather than having them pay a fine. In terms of drunken driving I know that once a person is charged and convicted it’s an automatic suspension of their license for a year. They can ask for to be renewed after six months. I think the penalties are sufficient but you have to take all the circumstances into consideration, I guess, when the Judges make their decision.”

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1 Response for “Is There a Need for Stronger Legislation on Drunk Driving?”

  1. Kay says:

    If you want to make a difference in curbing drunk driving incidents you need to lead by example starting with officer Segura who killed one and injured another in Benque Viejo. If the people that are charged with upholding the laws of Belize are the law breakers…do you think that is setting a good example to the rest of us?

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