Road blocks were conducted at various locations, and 46 drivers were stopped and tested for alcohol consumption. The 10 men, aged between 23 and 49, were arrested after failing the Breath Evidential Analyser (or breathalyser) test. The highest test result was 70 microgrammes of alcohol per 100 millilitres of breath - twice the prescribed legal limit.
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Here is the press release from the Singapore Police Force:
10 Drivers Nabbed for Drink Driving in TP Operations
10 motorists were arrested for drink-driving in an island-wide operation on Friday, 22 November 2013.
Traffic Police conducted road blocks at various parts of Singapore in a pre-dawn operation held this morning. 46 drivers were stopped and tested for alcohol consumption. 10 of them, all males aged between 23 and 49, failed the test and were arrested for drink-driving. The highest Breath Evidential Analyser (BEA) test result was 70 microgrammes of alcohol per 100 millilitres of breath which is twice 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. 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.
Acting Commander of Traffic Police, Deputy Assistant Commissioner of Police Deryl Ang said: "Every life matters. If we treasure our lives and our loved ones, we will never choose to drink and drive. Rather, we can do our part to prevent drink driving. We can always remind our friends and family members not to drive to drink. We should also never accept a lift from someone who has consumed alcohol. Instead, we should stop them from attempting to drive and advise them to either engage valet services or to take public transport home. Let us all make it home safely. Together, we can do our part for safer roads in Singapore."