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PARLIAMENT PASSES THE ‘POLICE AND TRANSPORT LEGISLATION (AMENDMENT) (ALCOHOL TESTING) BILL 2016’

TUESDAY 3RD MAY 2016

Parliament has passed the ‘Police and Transport Legislation (Amendment) (Alcohol Testing) Bill 2016’, on Monday the 2nd of May 2016.

The Bill was an Act to amend the Police Act 2013, the Civil Aviation Act 2008, the Road Transport Act (CAP.131) and the Shipping Act 1998 to provide for testing for blood alcohol content and related offences.

The Act allows police officers to stop drivers and require them to undergo a breath test using a prescribed device.

It creates offences for persons who drive or operate vehicles, vessels and aircraft with blood alcohol level of 50 milligrams or more per 100 millilitres of blood.

The Act amend section 179 of the Police Act 2013 by increasing the penalty for failing to provide a forensic sample from 5000 penalty points to 10,000 penalty points.

Section 179 of the Police Act 2013 is: Any person who -

a)Refuses to undergo a forensic procedure when lawfully obliged to do so under the provisions of this Act;

b)Knowingly provides a false sample, a contaminated sample or a sample obtained from another person or thing;

or

c)Obstructs, resists, hinders, use violence against, threatens or intimidates a person in connection with the carrying out of forensic procedures,

Commits an offence and is liable on conviction to a penalty of 5000 penalty units or six months imprisonment or both.

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