BT Police rake in K20 million with breathalysers

Police on duty

Police in Blantyre have collected around K20.9 million off drunk drivers over the long weekend

The money was collected following arrests and fines despite people creating WhatsApp groups to warn each other of routes where breathlaysers have been mounted.

Blantyre Police spokesperson, Peter Mchizi said the money was collected over the just-ended holiday from Friday April 29th to Tuesday May 3rd 2022.

The holiday were for Labour Day but coincided with the sighting of the moon to mark Eid for Muslim worshipers.

The police spokesperson said during the long weekend people became reckless and they wanted to reduce road accidents.

About 104 drivers were arrested and fined.

Out of the 104 who were picked up, arrested and fined, 20 were women.

"They each paid K200,000. Other 10 motorists were additionally charged with K20, 000 on top of the K200, 000 for insulting police officers on duty.” 

Mchiza explained insulting officers is worrisome and that it hinders efforts to reduce road accidents in the country.

He added the effects stretch across the board: "Normally when one drinks alcohol, the judgment is impaired and this may lead to road accidents if the person is driving a vehicle.

"The aftermath of such accidents may not only affect one person, it may even affect other people."

He attributed the success of the operation to intensive traffic checks.