Number of drunk driving rises in autumn this year

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Number of drunk driving rises in autumn this year

Police conducted breathalyser tests of 38487 drivers in Autumn this year and found 73 ((0.18%) of them drunken while 248 (0.63%).consumed some alcohol without exceeding the limit, said National Police Board in a press release on Friday.

“The number of clearly drunken drivers in the traffic flow was slightly higher than in preceding years while the number of those who were under the incriminating limit of alcohol consumption was slightly lower,” said Chief Superintendent of the National Police Board Heikki Ihalainen.

Since the year 1988, the Police has made nation-wide breathalyser tests (R survey) twice a year, in spring and autumn. All drivers passing the Police spot check point are analysed.

The percentage of drunk drivers in traffic was at its lowest in 2012 (0.11%) and at its highest in 1990 (0.25%).

0There is some yearly variation in the numbers but the percentage has remained fairly established between 0.11 and 0.14 during the past few years.

The drivers picked up in the traffic flow are subjected to a screening with a breathalyser. If the result is lower than the punishable limit, or 0.50 ‰ or 0.22 mg/l, the driver is recorded as one who has consumed a few sips.

If the result of the screeding exceeds the punishable limit, the driver is sent to a precision alcometer or blood test. If the content of alcohol exceeds the punishable limit, the driver is recorded as drunken driver in the survey.

The drivers under the influence of drugs are not subject to a specific survey but the corresponding numbers are followed in the survey spot checks.

This year 15 persons under the influence were caught, compared to ten drivers in 2018.

Every year, about 100 000 drivers are subjected to nation-wide breathalyser tests.

However, only one large-scale yearly spot check was organised in 2018 and 2022, with 40 000 drivers taking the breathalyser test. Between 2018 and 2022, no surveys were made due to the Covid-19 situation.


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