Drink Driving Law: A Wrong Turning in the Road Traffic Act?
Posted: 13 Oct 2004
In two sentencing appeals heard by the learned Chief Justice Yong Pung How, a rule was pronounced obiter concerning the presumption of a driver's ability to control a motor vehicle under the Road Traffic Act. . . . In this article, it will be argued that the Chief Justice's interpretation of section 70 [of the Act] does not necessarily follow from principles of statutory construction or from the use of presumptions generally, and must be wrong when considered with the protections enshrined in our Constitution.
Keywords: Criminal procedure, presumptions of law, road traffic offences, drink driving, driving under the influence of intoxicants, Singapore
JEL Classification: K14
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