After pleading guilty in Magistrates Court this morning [Apr 26], 41-year-old Joseh Rupcic was fined $1,500 for having care and control of a motorcycle whilst impaired, however was allowed to keep his licence.
Yesterday 48-year-old Paget resident Antonio Duke pleaded guilty to driving whilst impaired and was fined $1500 however was also allowed to keep his drivers licence.
Both cases were heard by Magistrate Khamisi Tokunbo who earlier this week had pointed out Government’s “blunder” in not making it obligatory for a disqualification to be handed down as part of the penalty for driving whilst impaired.
On Wednesday Attorney General Mark Pettingill said he concurred with the Magistrate about the “blunder”, and explained that when the law was amended the actual phrasing left out the word “obligatory” as it pertains to driving suspensions as a penalty for drunk driving.
Mr Pettingill said that Parliament will bring forth an amendment to correct the error.