Updated: 03/07/2014 23:16

17 arrested for drink driving

17 arrested for drink driving

Traffic Police arrested 17 motorists for drink-driving early this moring.

The motorists aged between 25 and 62 failed the breath evidential analyser or BEA test. 

The BEA test result was 89 microgrammes of alcohol per 100 millilitres of breath which is more than twice the prescribed legal limit. 

If convicted, drink drivers will be disqualified from driving for at least 12 months. 

They will lose their driving licences and have to retake and pass the theory and practical driving tests in order to obtain their driving licences again. 

In addition, first-time offenders can be fined between $1,000 and $5,000. 

Repeat offenders may be punished with a maximum fine of $30,000 and a mandatory jail term of up to three years. 

They may also be caned up to six strokes should death or serious injury be caused.

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