Common Traffic Offences
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a. Fines and imprisonment

The penalties in respect of fines and imprisonment are largely the same for offences under section 39 (i.e. driving a motor vehicle under the influence of drink or drugs), section 39A (i.e. driving a motor vehicle with an alcohol concentration above the prescribed limit), section 39B (i.e. failing to provide a specimen of breath for a screening breath test) and section 39C (i.e. failure to provide a specimen for analysis or laboratory test) of the Road Traffic Ordinance (Cap.374 of the Laws of Hong Kong), being:

  • on conviction on indictment to a fine of $20,000 and to imprisonment for 3 years;
  • on summary conviction on a first offence to a fine of $10,000 and to imprisonment for 6 months and on any subsequent conviction under any of sections 39, 39A, 39B and 39C to a fine of $20,000 and to imprisonment for 12 months.
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