10 arrested in anti-drink driving operation

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They were caught at roadblocks set up between 12am and 3am at Jalan Bukit Merah, Macpherson Road, Guillemard Road and Marine Parade Road.

The offenders included 9 men and 1 woman, and were aged between 33 and 60.

They all failed the breathalyser test, with the highest result clocking in at 88 microgrammes of alcohol per 100 millilitres of breath. This is more than twice the prescribed legal limit of 35 microgrammes of alcohol per 100 millilitres of breath.

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

In addition, first-time offenders can be fined between $1,000 and $5,000, or jailed up to 6 months.

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 of Traffic Police, Assistant Commissioner of Police Cheang Keng Keong, said, “Motorists who choose to drink and drive often underestimate the serious consequences of alcohol impairment. Such acts are irresponsible, especially when a drink-driver even goes to the extent of offering a lift to his friends who were out with him. This will not only endanger his own life, but also the lives of his friends and other road users.

“Whilst the Traffic Police stay committed to curb drink drinking, we strongly urged everyone to spread the anti drink-driving message and at the same time, help to remind or stop family members or friends from driving to drink. Together, we can put a stop to drink-driving.”

adrianl@sph.com.sg

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