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DUI Laws in Singapore

Updated: Nov 30, 2020

We are anticipating the announcement of phrase 3 re-opening in Singapore. With that, there is an expectation that the nightspots which have been shuttered since circuit breaker could be allowed to operate with restrictions in place. I wonder which establishments will return and which ones have already folded. we can only really know when they are allowed to operate officially.

If you are planning to have drinks to celebrate with your friends then, I thought it was a good idea to remind you of DUI laws in Singapore again since traffic police roadblocks that have been few and far between from April till now could also make a return with the easing of regulations.

1. Driving while under influence of drink

The legal alcohol limit in Singapore is 35 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath, or 80 milligrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood.

Offenders shall be liable on conviction to a fine of not less than $2,000 and not more than $10,000 or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 12 months or to both

the case of a second or subsequent conviction, to a fine of not less than $5,000 and not more than $20,000 and to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 2 years.

2. How much drink is too much?

Do you really know how many drinks you are allowed before you reach the legal drink-driving limit?

There is no accurate way to tell because many factors come into play such as

  • your weight, age, sex, metabolism

  • what you’ve eaten that day

  • the type of alcohol you’re drinking

  • the amount you’re drinking

  • your stress levels

The truth is, there is no foolproof way to drink and drive safely.

3. Be Responsible

Even a small amount of alcohol can affect your driving ability, so it is always best to avoid drinking entirely when you plan to get behind the wheel. Instead, use public transportation or call a taxi to take you to your destination.

If you drove to drink, you can always leave your car behind and collect it the next day or hire a valet driver direct from to send you and your car home safely.

Think of how long it took you to learn and earn your driving license and you will probably drop the idea of taking a risk and driving home.

Enjoy the final few months of the year and have a great celebration when phase 3 opens!


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