Fri, 21 July 2017
Last Updated: Fri, 21 Jul 2017 8am
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Breathalyzer gets first 10

Police chief issues stern warning on drink-driving

TEN people have been arrested for drink -driving over the weekend as a result of putting breathalyzers to its first use during a police operation last weekend.

Police Commissioner Frank Prendergast said despite the police warnings, police still apprehend 10 people who were tested over the legal limit.

Prendergast said they were charged under the new legislation that passed through parliament recently.

“They were charged with being over the prescribed limit of concentration of alcohol, so they have to face court in due course.”

Mr Prendergast urged people to listen to police warnings and not drink and drive.

“The Random Breath Testing (RBT) will be on again this weekend.

“If you are drinking and driving, there is high chance of being caught.

“More important than that, you are putting people’s safety at risk therefore we ask people engaging in this kind of risky behaviour to stop.

“But be aware that police breathalyzers will be out on the weekend.”

The penalty for this offence is a fine of $10, 000 or a six month imprisonment or both.

The second offence is $20, 000 or two years imprisonment.

If you refuse a breath test that’s also an offence with serious penalties attached.


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