Wednesday 14 November, 2018

Police on drunk driving: One or two drinks may push you over limit

While police are grateful that less people are being held for driving their vehicles after consuming alcohol, even one person who decided to do otherwise, was one person too much.

As a result, the public was being reminded once again to refrain from driving/operating any vehicle after the consumption of any alcoholic drinks.

This reminder was given following a Driving Under the Influence (DUI) exercise in the Central Division on Saturday morning.

A total of 32 persons were administered breathalyser tests during the exercise, however, only five persons were found to be over the legal limit.

As a result, they were all charged and were scheduled to appear before a Chaguanas Magistrate on Monday.

The legal limit in this country remains 35 micrograms of alcohol per 100 millimetres of breath.

However, as alcohol affects everyone differently, there is no way of knowing how “one or two” drinks will affect you, and as such, police continue to reiterate their calls that, if a decision is made to drink – then citizens should not drive.

In Trinidad and Tobago, the legal limit is 35 microgrammes of alcohol per 100 milligrammes of breath or 80 milligrammes of alcohol per 100 milligrammes of blood.

If convicted, a driver could be fined $8,000 or imprisoned for up to three years, or in the case of a second conviction, face a $15,000 fine and five years in jail.

Want to know whether you're over the limit? Check out this calculator

More on this as it becomes available.


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