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Police focus resources on morning drinkers

TT/The Local · 25 May 2009, 11:04

Published: 25 May 2009 11:04 GMT+02:00

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Last year 100,000 people submitted to breath tests in Uppsala county. The majority of drink-drivers were caught between 9am and 12pm. Those caught were often hungover from the night before or had taken a morning bracer, according to local newspaper Uppsala Nya Tidning.

The police traffic control department has now compiled a report to gain a broader picture of the situation and indicate where resources should be allocated.

"We have previously gone on a gut feeling, but we now have the basis for the roadside checks to be conducted based on solid data," said Mats Östman at Uppsala police.

The statistics also show that Uppsala residents are above average when using their seat belts.

They also indicate that road 288 between Uppsala and Östhammar is the worst hit stretch of road in the county for serious accidents. Over the past three years some 30 serious accidents have occurred along the stretch of road.

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"Stationing police along these types of roads is effective in the prevention of accidents," Mats Östman said, adding that accidents rarely occur on the E4 motorway.

TT/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

09:44 May 25, 2009 by Marley420
At least the Hell's Angels know where all the police are in the morning.
10:27 May 25, 2009 by peropaco
The police are very good at one thing as that's checking for drunk drivers and setting up check points.
23:13 May 25, 2009 by spy
If you beleive the 'statistics' argument then you have just passed the 'police intelligence' test. If you didn't beleive it then I hope you spotted the oxymoron.

The real reason they only check in the morning is that they all finish work at 4.30 so that they can mince home and cook their partners supper.
02:04 May 26, 2009 by Jeremy Slawson
This ridiculous statistic is a direct result of Sweden's zero tolerance alcohol law. 90% of the people detected had a drink the night before and still have small residual levels the following morning - levels which have dropped below the threshold of measurement devices by the afternoon. Enjoy your police state people, bet you wish you had Soviet Gulags to send the naughty drinkers to for re-education. You should take a closer look at yourselves before you turn into the thing you spent all those years fighting against.
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