The police caught drunk drivers in pre-Christmas traffic
The police monitored drunk driving during pre-Christmas peak hours and the following mornings on three weekends from 18 November to 4 December 2022. A total of almost 53,000 breathalyser tests were performed in the entire country, which is much more than in the previous years when the breathalyser testing method and also the number of tests were limited due to Covid-19.
A total of 284 people suspected of drunk driving were apprehended. A total of 195 people suspected of having used alcohol were found, of whom 89 were suspected of aggravated drunk driving. On average, 272 breathalyser tests were administered per each person suspected of having used alcohol, compared to 118 breathalysers tests per suspect in the previous year. A total of 89 people suspected of drunk driving under the influence of other drugs were found, of whom 6 people are suspected of aggravated drunk driving. The proportion of drug-related cases rose from approximately 24 percent last year to approximately 31 percent this year.
Police inspector Tuomo Katajisto from the National Police Board of Finland considers the increase in the proportion of other drivers under the influence of drugs worrying, at the same time as there are fewer and fewer drunk drivers who have used alcohol.
The proportion of drivers under the influence of narcotics in causing fatal accidents is increasing: in 2020, they caused 16% of all fatal accidents according to the Finnish Crash Data Institute’s intoxicant report.