Int'l Drunk Driving Penalties: From Humiliation to Execution

March 1983
Risk Management (00355593);Mar83, Vol. 30 Issue 3, p83
Trade Publication
The punishment for driving a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol varies from country to country. In an issue of the Insurance Brokers Association of Ontario news published by the association, the following are examples of how some countries deal with this offense. Those convicted of drunken driving in Australia find their names published under the heading, Drunk and in Jail. In Malaya, the driver is jailed, and if he is married, his wife is also incarcerated. In Finland, England and Sweden, intoxicated drivers are automatically jailed for as much as one year, while in South Africa they are given a 10-year prison sentence, a fine of $10,000 or both. In Turkey, drunken drivers are taken 20 miles from town by police and forced to walk back under escort. A second conviction of drunk driving in Bulgaria is the last, since the penalty is execution.


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