A police officer checking the temperature of a road user.

KUCHING: Three men were arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol during an operation, dubbed Ops Mabuk, last Wednesday.

According to acting Kuching district police chief Supt Merbin Lisa, the three suspects, aged between 30 and 40 years old, were stopped by police officers before they were told to take an evidential breath analyser (EBA) test to measure the level of alcohol in them.

“They were detained to take their blood specimens at the Forensic Medical Unit of Sarawak General Hospital (SGH), and if convicted, they will be fined up to RM6,000 or imprisonment not exceeding 12 years,” he said in a statement yesterday.

All three men were then arrested and investigated under Section 45A(1) of the Road Transport Act 1987.

Merbin added that a total of 63 vehicles and 74 individuals were inspected during the operation.

“Of the total, 19 summonses were issued for various offenses including not having a driver’s licence, not wearing a seat belt and not displaying road tax,” he said.

He also said that Ops Mabuk will be carried out continuously to prevent and eradicate drink-driving.

“Such operations will continue to convey the government’s message to curb drink-driving in an effort to reduce the rate of road accidents, especially fatal accidents in this district,” he said.