Drink-drivingDrink-driving is a criminal offence in Hong Kong under the Road Traffic Ordinance.The Ordinance stated the prescribed limit of drink-driving:
- 22 micrograms of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath, or
- 50 milligrams of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood, or
- 67 milligrams of alcohol in 100 millilitres of urine.
Any driver found exceeding the prescribed limit may face prosecution under the law:
- Maximum fine of HK$25,000 and imprisonment for 3 years
- Disqualification from driving for not less than 2 years on first conviction and not less than 5 years on second or subsequent conviction.
- The 3-tier penalty system is summarised as follows:
|Proportion of alcohol in a person’s breath, blood or urine||Minimum Driving Disqualification Period|
|First Conviction||Second / Subsequent Conviction|
If it exceeds the prescribed limit but is less than:
|Minimum 6 months||Minimum 2 years|
If it exceeds Tier 1 but is less than:
|Minimum 1 year||Minimum 3 years|
If it exceeds Tier 2
|Minimum 2 years||Minimum 5 years|
- Mandated to attend a driving improvement course
- Incur 10 driving offence points
DrunkennessExcept drink driving, an individual found drunk could be prosecuted in the following situations under the Summary Offences Ordinance:
- Any person who is found drunk in any public place or on any premises licensed under any Ordinance relating to liquor licences shall be liable to a fine of HK$50.
- Any person who while drunk behaves in a riotous or disorderly manner in any public place shall be liable to a fine of HK$250 or to imprisonment for 2 months.
- Any person who is found drunk while in charge of any vehicle (other than a motor vehicle) or of any horse, in any public road or street shall be liable to a fine of $250 or to imprisonment for 2 months.
- Any person who is found drunk while in possession of any loaded firearm or of any firearm and any ammunition therefor shall be liable to a fine of HK$2,000 and to imprisonment for 6 months.
For more information on the Road Traffic Ordinance (CAP 374), please click here.
For more information on Summary Offences Ordinance (CAP 228), please click here.