Drunk Driving Seen Alarmingly Often Among Truck Drivers ({{contentCtrl.commentsTotal}})

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More long-haul truckers are being found to be driving with alcohol in their system, some of them with levels punishable as criminal drunk driving. 

According to the South Prefecture of the Police and Border Guard, last  year, border guards in southern Estonia apprehended 68 drunk drivers, 35 of them with criminal levels of intoxication - and nearly half of the cases involved experienced commercial drivers.  

 
Border guard captain Valmar Hinno, who is in charge of the Koidula checkpoint on the border with Russian Federation, said in a statement from the prefecture that there is a correlation between the length of the queue and the violations. 
 
"The longer the wait at the border checkpoint, the more they tend to tipple,“ he said. 
 
Hinno said the queues on Estonia's border with Russia tended to lead to odd misadventures and cited one case where an intoxicated driver decided he had had enough of waiting and took matters in his own hands, attempting to pass other trucks and shearing off a side mirror. 
 
The Police and Border Guard Administration cautioned that in the current slushy conditions trucks pose a danger to other motorists even without the practice of knocking back a few to make the wait go faster.
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