SINGAPORE - Nineteen motorists were arrested for drink-driving during an islandwide operation early on Thursday.
The Traffic Police said that 38 drivers were stopped and tested for alcohol consumption at various road blocks. The 17 men and two women who were nabbed were aged between 22 and 62 and had failed the test.
The highest Breath Evidential Analyser (BEA) test result among them was 96 microgrammes of alcohol per 100 millilitres of breath. Thelegal limit is 35 microgrammes of alcohol per 100 millilitres of breath.
If convicted, the motorists could be disqualified from driving for at least 12 months. If so, they would lose their driving licences and be required to retake and pass the theory and practical driving tests to have their licenses reinstated.
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 jail term of up to three years. They may also be caned up to six strokes should their drink driving cause death or serious injury.