18 Oct 2016

Solomons' drunk driver crackdown working - police

1:57 pm on 18 October 2016

The Traffic Division of the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force says the use of a breathalyser to catch drunk drivers in Honiara is proving its worth.

Director of traffic Brian Sugimalefo said since the introduction of the breathalyser last July, 21 drivers had been arrested and faced charges of driving under the influence.

If found guilty first offenders can expect up to a US$1,300 fine or two years imprisonment.

Mr Sugimalefo said the breathalyser equipment was a breakthrough in attempts to reduce traffic accidents and to ensure people's safety in the capital.