Police have arrested 18 drink-drivers in a four-and-a-half-hour islandwide operation.
On 15 June 2011 at about 11.15pm, road blocks were set up along Alexandra Road, Buangkok East Drive, Sengkang East Drive and Jalan Bahar. Subsequently, on 16 June 2011 at about 2.45 am, simultaneous road blocks were set up along Kampung Bahru Road, Keppel Road and Telok Blangah Road to ring-fence the cluster of entertainment outlets and drinking haunts in the vicinity.
The breathalyser test was administered to 58 motorists. 18 failed the test and were arrested for drink-driving. Of those arrested, 16 were men and two were women, aged between 22 and 55. The highest breathalyser result clocked was 119 microgrammes of alcohol per 100 millilitres of breath, more than three times the prescribed legal limit of 35 microgrammes of alcohol per 100 millilitres of breath.
Drink drivers, on conviction, will be disqualified from driving for at least 12 months. They may 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 six months, while 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.