SINGAPORE – Twenty-five drink-drivers were arrested in a five-hour ring-fence operation early yesterday.
Traffic Police officers set up simultaneous road blocks along Church Street, South Bridge Road, New Bridge Road and North Canal Road around the vicinity’s cluster of entertainment outlets and drinking haunts at about 2.30am.
Some 75 motorists were administered the breathalyser test and the 25 who failed it were arrested. They were mostly men. Some of them had more than double the legal limit of 35mg of alcohol per 100ml of breath.
However, the police cautioned that drivers who do not exceed the limit could still be liable for a drink-driving offence if they are unable to properly control their vehicles.
Those convicted of drink-driving will be disqualified from driving for at least 12 months.
First-time offenders can also be fined between $1,000 and $5,000, or jailed up to six months, while repeat offenders face 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.
These motorists will have to undergo the theory and practical tests in order to get their driving licences again.
And for those who plan to let their hair down during the Christmas and New Year festivities, the Traffic Police have this reminder: Do not drink and drive.