22 motorists arrested for drink-driving

22 motorists arrested for drink-driving

SINGAPORE - The Traffic Police arrested 22 motorists for drink-driving in an island-wide operation conducted in the early morning of Thursday, Apr 17, 2014.

The Traffic Police conducted road blocks at various parts of Singapore in a pre-dawn operation held this morning.

72 drivers were stopped and tested for alcohol consumption. 22 men, aged between 22 and 60 years, failed the test and were arrested for drink-driving.

The highest Breath Evidential Analyser (BEA) test result was 82 microgrammes of alcohol per 100 millilitres of breath, which is more than double 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.

Commander (Covering) of Traffic Police, Deputy Assistant Commissioner of Police Deryl Ang said: "Drink driving offences are taken seriously by the Courts; one can expect harsher penalties with the graduation of penalties for drivers with higher BEA level. Traffic Police will continue with our enforcement efforts so that drink drivers would get due punishment for their irresponsible behaviour."

spanaech@sph.com.sg

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