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124 held for drunk driving in pre-Xmas drive

Published : 20 Nov 2019, 04:13

Updated : 20 Nov 2019, 10:49

  DF Report

File Photo Finnish Police.

The police during an intensified nationwide pre-Christmas traffic surveillance arrested 124 drivers suspected of drunk driving in the last two weekends, said an official press release.

In addition, 28 of the stopped drivers were suspected for other offences and 30 were wanted by the police.

The police breathalysed a total of 27,088 drivers. The number of drunk drivers in relation to the number of breathalyser tests was slightly higher than during the corresponding surveillance exercise last year.

Breathalyser patrols were targeted at evening and night-time pre-Christmas party traffic in particular.

“Through such surveillance and the related communications, the police aim to prevent serious drunk driving accidents,” said Chief Superintendent Timo Ajaste of the National Police Board.

Enhanced surveillance will continue nationwide during the forthcoming weekend.