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16 fete-goers held for drunk driving
Xperience fete-goers had an unforgettable experience yesterday morning when 16 of them were arrested for drunk driving. After partying to soca superstar Machel Montano and other artistes on San Fernando Hill, the unsuspecting drivers were caught in a Driving Under the Influence (DUI) exercise. Conducted between 3 am and 7 am, the exercise was a joint effort by the Southern Division and Arrive Alive. In an immediate response, Arrive Alive’s Brent Batson called on party promoters to assist in making patrons more aware of responsible consumption and promotion of designated driver systems to help promote safer road use in T&T.
In a release, Batson stated that there was an urgent need for increased education and awareness on both the law and the importance of having a designated driver, especially during the Carnival season. “Nearly all of the persons interviewed at the traffic stop had no knowledge of what the legal limit was and furthermore, they were sure that were “good to drive” because they did not “feel drunk.” The drivers—ages 18 to 45—are expected to appear before a San Fernando Magistrate tomorrow for exceeding the prescribe alcohol limit of 35 microgrammes. The highest alcohol level recorded was 107 microgrammes.
Involved in the exercise were Snr Supt Deodath Dulalchan, ASP Mohammed, Sgt Chandool, Cpl Ramdhanie, PC Bachan, PC Mohammed, PC Sookai and the Arrive Alive crew. In another exercise in the South Western Division on Friday, under Snr Supt Ramsey, Supt Sampath and ASP Rajkumar, 60 traffic tickets were issued and three people arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol.
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