Misconception on breathalyser tests, police need more training – judge

Tests taken ‘too late’ Traffic police tasked with conducting breathalyser tests on those suspected of driving under the influence of drink need more training to know when they can test drivers, a judge said on Friday. Speaking at a conference on drink-driving on Friday, organised by the Malta Insurance Association, Madam Justice Consuelo Scerri Herrera […]

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700 guilty of driving while drunk between 2009-2016

1,149 drivers tested positive in test Just over 700 motorists were found guilty of driving under the influence of alcohol after more than 1,000 tested positive in breathalyser tests between 2009 and 2016, official data shows. According to figures supplied by the police, 702 people were found guilty after being arraigned for driving under the […]

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Young entrepreneurs offer first portable breathalyser device

Battery-powered keychain that is activated with a quick puff As many still struggle to figure out the implications of new drink-driving laws, a group of enterprising business students may have hit upon a solution to put a definite end to that eternal question: have I had too much to drink? The students, who are taking […]

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Points system cost 189 drivers their licence last year

Drivers lose their licence for two months if they accumulate 12 penalty points over a 12-month period No fewer than 189 people had their licences revoked last year, following the introduction of a penalty point system that extended regulations to all drivers. 164 people had their licence suspended following the penalty point system introduced in […]

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Storm damage hits record €8.6m in claims

Just under 2,000 claims filed The storm that wreaked havoc at the end of last month has resulted in insurance claims of more than €8.6 million, Times of Malta is informed. Described as the most devastating since 1982, the storm that battered the islands during the last weekend of February caused damage everywhere, with insurers receiving claims for […]

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Drunk drivers still getting behind the wheel in spite of lower limits

‘More awareness on drink driving risks required’ Slashing drink-driving alcohol limits had little to no impact on traffic accidents, with intoxicated motorists still getting behind the wheel, according to insurers. Alcohol limits for motorists were slashed to almost half in January last year but the impact was so “minimal” that insurance companies reporting no improvements in accidents […]

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Storm’s trail of destruction could cost millions

Insurances expecting significant claims The trail of destruction of Sunday’s storm is likely to cost several millions of euros, according to insurance industry sources. Insurance companies were on Monday inundated with calls and requests for information about the coverage of their policies and how their damage could be recouped. Read: ‘Worst storm since 1982’ saw record gusts of […]

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Safely behind the wheel

Some may argue that the few people caught driving under the influence of alcohol during the festive season proved the success of awareness campaigns and more enforcement. Others would disagree and insist that, on the contrary, not enough is being done to ensure that whoever takes the wheel does so safely. Calls for random and […]

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