19 motorists nabbed for drink-driving

19 motorists nabbed for drink-driving

SINGAPORE - The Traffic Police arrested 19 motorists for drink-driving in an island-wide operation conducted in the early morning of Thursday, Aug 7, 2014.

A total of 38 drivers were stopped and tested for alcohol consumption at various road blocks set up across Singapore.

19 of them, consisting of 17 men and 2 women aged between 22 and 62 years, failed the test and were arrested for drink-driving.

The highest Breath Evidential Analyser (BEA) test result was 96 microgrammes of alcohol per 100 millilitres of breath, which is over two times the prescribed legal limit of 35 microgrammes of alcohol per 100 millilitres of breath.

Drink drivers, upon conviction, will be disqualified from driving for at least 12 months. They will lose their driving licences and have to retake and pass the theory and practical driving tests in order to obtain their driving licences again.

In addition, first-time offenders can be fined between $1,000 and $5,000 and can have their driving licences disqualified for a period of 12 to 48 months, depending on their BEA test results.

Repeat offenders may be punished with a maximum fine of $30,000 and a mandatory jail term of up to three years. They may also be caned up to six strokes should death or serious injury be caused.

spanaech@sph.com.sg

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