SINGAPORE: Eight motorists were arrested early Friday morning (May 1) for failing an alcohol consumption test during an islandwide operation against drink-driving.
Those arrested are aged between 26 and 56, said Traffic Police in a news release. A total of 26 drivers were stopped and tested at various locations.
The highest Breath Evidential Analyser test result was 69 microgrammes of alcohol per 100 millilitres of breath, which is almost twice the prescribed legal limit of 35 microgrammes of alcohol per 100 millilitres of breath.
The Traffic Police had introduced the new Mobile Breath Evidential Analyser (BEA) test centre, which is a police vehicle retrofitted with a BEA to facilitate tests on site.
The trial of the Mobile Test Centre, which allows Traffic Police to accurately capture breath-alcohol readings on the spot, started in November 2014.
This allows suspects, who have failed the handheld breathalyser test, to have their alcohol content measured without the need to escort them back to Traffic Police or police divisions.
If convicted, motorists will be disqualified from driving for at least 12 months.
They will lose their driving licenses and have to pass the theory and practical driving tests again.
In addition, first-time offenders can be fined between S$1,000 and S$5,000 and can have their driving licenses 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 S$30,000 and a mandatory jail term of up to three years.
They may also receive up to six strokes of the cane, should death or serious injury be caused.