Call for stricter drinking laws

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The leader of a Lithuanian community group has told The Standard there should be stricter laws for drinking offences – including deportation or prison.

Chair of Boston Lithuanian Community, UK, Jurate Matuliene’s comments came following reports in the May 18 edition, that Boston and other towns or cities with high migration levels also had a high number of drivers banned for drink or drug driving offences.

She told The Standard: “I would agree that is a great problem drink-driving as well as street-drinking.

“I am not sure if any prevention campaigns could help to sort out the drink-driving problem if these drink-drivers are from migrant communities.

“More likely setting stricter laws and large fines might be helpful to solve the existing problem.”

Ms Matulioniene suggested that for drink-driving, offenders should get fined £1,500 for their first offence, disqualified for their second and then face deportation or prison for a third.

She added that street-drinkers should also face higher punishments with a fine of £1,000-£1,500 for a first offence, £1,500-£3,000 for a second offence and deportation or prison on the third strike.

The English as a foreign language teacher said: “Sorry for being too strict with my thoughts.

“Nobody likes street-drinking and drink-driving. It is not safe on the roads because of drink-drivers and there are lots of drunkards (non-natives and natives), who sit on the benches and drink alcohol in the park.

“Nobody wants to see them. Unfortunately, there are lots of them in Boston area. It is not nice and safe, especially for the families who come with children.”

Figures released by motoring.co.uk ahead of the Euro 2016 tournament revealed that Boston had 598 disqualified drivers between January 2011 and December 2015 – with only Croydon in London having more 
at 687.

The figures did not reveal offenders’ nationalities.