17 motorists arrested for drink driving

SINGAPORE - Traffic police arrested 17 motorists for drink-driving in a three-hour operation early this morning.

Road blocks were set up along Telok Blangah Road, Keppel Road, Kampong Bahru Road, Clemenceau Avenue and Outram Road from 1.30am to 4.30am.

Two female and 15 male drivers, aged between 24 and 61, failed the breathalyser test. The highest test result was 82mg of alcohol per 100ml of breath, more than twice the prescribed legal limit of 35mg of alcohol per 100ml of breath.

If guilty, drink drivers will be disqualified from driving for at least 12 months. They will also lose their driving licences and have to retake 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, or jailed up to 6 months. Repeat offenders may be fined a maximum of $30,000 and jailed for up to three years. They also be caned up to six strokes should death or serious injury be caused.

natlim@sph.com.sg

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