The police will monitor drunk drivers for 36 hours

Publication date 24.3.2023 12.34 | Published in English on 24.3.2023 at 12.53
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The police supervises drunk driving in snowy landscapes.

The police will organise a drunk driving surveillance throughout the country between 24 and 26 March 2023. As many breathalyser tests as possible will be carried out in urban areas and on roads outside them during that time from Friday evening to Monday morning to detect drunk drivers, as well as instant drug tests at a low threshold to detect the use of other drugs.

In the surveillance, attention will also be paid to the drivers’ driving health.

“In addition to speeding, drunk driving poses the greatest risk to the lives and safety of road users”, says Police Inspector Heikki Ihalainen from the National Police Board of Finland. 

According to preliminary data from 2022, a total of 36 people died and 395 were injured in accidents related to drunk driving. During the last three years, every fifth road traffic casualty and every tenth injury has been caused by a drunk driving accident. 

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