Singapore

Sixteen nabbed for drink driving

Sixteen drivers - 15 men and one woman - were arrested for drink driving during an islandwide Traffic Police operation yesterday.

The figure represents 20 per cent of the 80 drivers who were stopped and tested for alcohol consumption in the wee hours of yesterday.

Those who failed the test were aged between 22 and 47, said the Traffic Police in a press release.

The highest Breath Evidential Analyser (BEA) test result was 79 microgrammes of alcohol per 100 millilitres of breath, which is more than double the prescribed legal limit of 35 microgrammes of alcohol per 100 millilitres of breath.

The Traffic Police also commended a number of drivers who had engaged valet services after drinking.

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This is part of AsiaOne's Anti Drink-Drive Campaign, jointly organised by Traffic Police, Singapore Safety Road Council and AsiaOne.

Separately, 85 per cent of drivers are unaware of the legal alcohol limit, a survey of 500 road users showed.

Commissioned by insurance giant AXA, it surveyed 526 road users, including private car owners, taxi drivers, motorcyclists and heavy vehicle drivers.

Some 40 per cent of "Gen Y" drivers, aged between 18 and 29, admitted to checking their mobile devices while driving while 37 per cent of drivers answer their mobile phones without a hands-free set.

This is despite 85 per cent of young drivers admitting that such behaviour is dangerous.

There was also an increase in drivers who were not aware that certain driving habits were dangerous.

Over half of those polled did not think speeding was dangerous and 38 per cent did not think crossing double white lines to overtake other vehicles was dangerous.

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