Police focus resources on morning drinkers

Police focus resources on morning drinkers
Most drink-drivers get caught in the morning, a new report shows. Police now propose focusing roadside alcohol checks to meet the opening hours of the Swedish state monopoly alcohol retailer Systembolaget and at sports arenas at the weekends when parents arrive with their children.

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.

“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.

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