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Drunk driving campaigns seeing results

CITY police nabbed 22 drivers for drunk driving in a recent crackdown from Wednesday night to early yesterday morning in Baoshan District.

Police said their weekly campaigns had seen a decrease in drivers who had been drinking.

Huang Chuanjun, deputy chief of the Baoshan District police, said officers put up checkpoints at streets which had never been checked for drunk driving before.

Since April, drunk drivers have lost the entire 12 demerit points on their licenses when caught. Serious offenders can also be detained for 15 days and have their licenses suspended. Drivers who lose 12 demerit points in a year must undergo a seven-day traffic course before being allowed to drive again.

During the latest campaign, a driver, surnamed Ren, was nabbed at 8:40pm on Wednesday, with his young son sitting beside him, police said.

In an earlier case, a man suddenly opened the door trying to flee once his car was about 30 meters from the checkpoint, police said.

The driver was found to have a blood alcohol level of 1.46 milligrams per milliliter, putting him in the "serious offender" category, said officials.

The man would be detained for 15 days and his license suspended for six months.

Drivers with a blood alcohol level between 0.2 and 0.8 mg/ml are considered to be driving under the influence of alcohol. Drivers with a blood alcohol level between 0.8 and 1.5 mg/ml are defined as drunk drivers, according to China's traffic law.


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