Driving under the influence

You are not to drive a vehicle if you are under the influence of alcohol to the extent that you do not have proper control of the vehicle.  In such a circumstance, the penalties are:

  • First offence – TT$12,000 or 3 years imprisonment
  • Second offence –  TT$22,500 or 5 years imprisonment and driving suspension for 3 years
  • Third offence – loss of your licence PERMANENTLY

The legal limit is set at 35 micrograms of alcohol per 100 millimetres of breath in Trinidad & Tobago.  It’s important to note that in other jurisdictions this limit is even lower due to the number of serious injuries and fatalities caused by driving under the influence or driving impaired (DUI).  It you are over the limit an enforcement officer has the right to arrest you immediately after fulfilling the breath testing.  If you are over the limit on the first breath test, the officer will take another breath sample from an evidential unit which prints out your name, time, date, alcohol level, the officer’s name, and badge number.

Police don’t need a warrant to arrest you for this.  See an our leaflet for more information on the breath test:-

The Five Breathalyser DUI offences include:-

1) Driving a vehicle under the influence;

2) Attempting to Drive – keys in your hand walking towards the vehicle;

3) Being in charge of the vehicle – in the back seat of the vehicle but the keys are still in your possession;

4) Failure/Refusal to provide a breath sample;

5) Altering the concentration of alcohol in your breath – tampering!

 

DRIVER EDUCATION MEETINGS

Arrive Alive facilitates Driver Education classes for traffic offenders to include those who have been arrested for Drinking and Driving. The meetings include presentations that covers driving under the influence; the consequences of speeding, fatigue and driving without seat-belts; distracted driving; passenger safety; global statistics; and acceptable road safety behaviour. Graphic road traffic accident videos are also shown to emphasize the consequences of making poor choices as drivers.

Meetings are held as follows:

  • Wednesdays – Guardian Life Building, Hobson’s Court, 13-17 Keate Street, San Fernando, 4:00 pm sharp – contact contact@arrivealivett.com
  • Thursdays – Massy Properties, 61-63 Edward Street, Port of Spain, 3:30 pm sharp contact@arrivealivett.com

Note: All Driver Education Meetings are temporarily suspended in light of the current CoVid 19 threat.We apologize for the inconvenience. We will continue to monitor the situation and will advise as soon as it is safe to resume.

Attendees are asked to come half hour in advance in order to be registered for participation in the presentation. For further information, please call 675-LIVE, 238-1766 or 717-0948 or email us at contact@arrivealivett.com

 

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Disclaimer

The materials available at this web site are for informational purposes only and not for the purpose of providing legal advice. You should contact your attorney to obtain advice with respect to any particular issue or problem.