MARIGOT–The Gendarmerie indicated the Easter weekend was quiet, other than a few instances of persons driving under the influence of alcohol.
Gendarmerie units were mobilized over the long festive weekend, setting up check points on St. Martin roads to limit any excessive behaviour that could cause accidents, and focusing primarily on prevention. A control was held at Hope Estate roundabout on the afternoon of Easter Monday, specifically to check on alcohol consumption.
Three instances of persons driving under the influence of alcohol, one driver with a rate of 1.55mg per litre of air exhaled, corresponding to about 3 grams of alcohol per litre of blood, were recorded.
As a reminder, the permissible limit of alcohol in the blood by law is 0.5g/L or the equivalent 0.25 mg per litre of air exhaled. Alcohol level higher or equal to 0.8 grams per litre of blood or greater than 0.4 mg per litre of air exhaled is a crime and a serious breach of the Highway Code.
One invalid driving license and other minor offences were recorded. There was one accident in La Savane on Easter Monday with a victim sustaining only minor injuries. Gendarmerie and Police operations will continue on the roads in the coming weeks.