Today, the police are launching a major operation across the country to catch drunk drivers and increase awareness of problems related to the offense.
The number of people driving under the influence of alcohol increases in the summer months due to social events involving alcohol, Veiko Kommusaar, a police major at the law enforcement department, told uudised.err.ee today.
The main dangers of drunk driving are the slowing down of reactions and overestimating one’s abilities. “Often drunk drivers or their companions are killed because the car drives off the road at great speed and the consequences are even worse due to unfastened seat belts,” he said.
He reminded that a cyclist is also a driver and must be sober. Drunk cyclists have also been regularly checked and can be ticketed.
On Thursday, the police conducted an international joint operation, checking drivers at the ports of Tallinn and Helsinki and the border checkpoints on the Via Baltica, all the way to Poland. While no drunk drivers were discovered in Estonia, the operation on the whole led to 13 drunk drivers being detained and 45 other offenses discovered.
On the weekend, the police discovered 23 drunk drivers in the course of regular checks.
Last week, the Harju County Court confiscated the cars of three men who were driving under the influece of alcohol or drugs, and handed out suspended sentences ranging from six to 14 months. Last year, the court seized 59 cars from convicted drivers, this year, the number has already reached 40.
This year, drunk drivers have caused accidents where one person has been killed and 70 people have been injured. Last year, drunk drivers caused 12 percent of all traffic accidents and a third of all traffic deaths.