During this month the Caribbean Netherlands Police Force in collaboration with the BES (Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba) Prosecutor’s Office is starting alcohol controls for motorists.
This will first be done on Bonaire, with the intention to make citizens aware of their responsibility in traffic. The police regularly stop motor vehicle operators who are driving under influence. There have also been indications that in various accidents drinking played a role.
The corps has purchased a breath-testing device that can show whether any alcohol has been consumed. Depending on the result further examination will follow with a breathalyser that measures the alcohol percentage in the exhaled air.
Representatives of the prosecution will be present during the inspections. In case of exceeding the maximum limit, motorists will be fined and, if applicable, arrested for reckless behaviour endangering the lives of others. Driving bans can also be imposed.
When stopped for a traffic control and breath test cooperation is mandatory. People who don’t will automatically receive a fine.
This policy is being introduced to reduce driving under the influence and prevent unnecessary, possibly fatal road accidents.
The Daily Herald.