Eight motorists arrested by Traffic Police for drink-driving

SINGAPORE - The Traffic Police arrested eight motorists for drink driving, after conducting an islandwide operation during the early hours on Friday.

In a statement on Friday, the Traffic Police said 26 drivers were stopped and tested for alcohol consumption at various locations. Seven men and one woman aged between 26 and 56 failed the test, and were arrested for drink-driving.

The highest Breath Evidential Analyser (BEA) test result was 69 microgrammes of alcohol per 100 millilitres of breath - almost twice the prescribed legal limit of 35 microgrammes of alcohol per 100 millilitres of breath.

The Police introduced the new Mobile Breath Evidential Analyser (BEA) test centre during its annual workplan seminar last month.

A Police Vehicle retrofitted with a BEA to facilitate tests on site, the test centre has been on trial since last November. It allows Traffic Police to accurately capture breath-alcohol readings on the spot, which means suspected drunk drivers who have failed the handheld breathalyser (HBA) can have their alcohol content measured without the need to escort them back to Traffic Police or police divisions.

Convicted drink drivers 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 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.

Assistant Superintendent of Police Candice Goh, Team Leader of Traffic Police's Patrol Unit, said: "It is everyone's responsibility to build a better road culture. Drink driving is a very serious offence and the penalties can be severe.

"Motorists who choose to drive after consuming alcohol will have to be prepared to face the consequences of their actions."