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Seventeen motorists arrested for drink driving in wee hours of Friday across Singapore

Published on Mar 7, 2014 5:07 PM

The Traffic Police arrested 17 motorists for drink-driving in an island-wide operation in the wee hours of Friday. They stopped a total of 47 motorists and tested them for alcohol consumption at road blocks across the island. Out of the group, 16 men and one woman aged between 25 and 62 failed the test and were arrested.

One driver had 89 micrograms of alcohol per 100ml of breath - more than twice the prescribed legal limit of 35 micrograms.

If convicted, drink drivers will be banned from the roads for at least 12 months. They will lose their driver's license and must retake and pass the theory and practical driving tests before they are allowed to return to the roads.

First-time offenders can also be fined between $1,000 and $5,000, while repeat offenders may be fined up to $30,000, and sentenced to a mandatory jail term of up to three years. If they cause death or serious injury, they may also punished with up to six strokes of the cane.

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