Salvadoran Authorities Increase Efforts to Remove Drunk Drivers

Thus far in 2023, 1,200 Drunk Drivers Have Been Arrested

By Eddie Galdamez  |  Sep 25th, 2023
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Drunk driving remains a grave concern in El Salvador, posing a significant threat to road safety. Despite legal measures and public awareness campaigns, the prevalence of intoxicated drivers continues to jeopardize lives and demand urgent attention. To that effect, the Salvadoran authorities are increasing their efforts to remove these drivers.

The Deputy Minister of Transportation, Nelson Reyes, highlighted that they have increased the anti-doping controls and pointed out that part of the results of these controls to date, 1,200 drivers have been arrested for driving intoxicated.

We intensified controls; we have 1,200 people detained so far this year. We have doubled the number of breathalyzer tests compared to last year.” Transport Deputy Minister Nelson Reyes.

Reyes noted that of those detained, around 4% to 6% are women; That is, out of 100, about 4 or 6 women are the ones driving intoxicated.

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This past weekend, VMT Authorities established four drunk driving checkpoints around La Zona Rosa, a popular area for nightlife. They created a total closure of the streets in both directions to prevent drivers from having alternative routes to evade their control.

During the early hours of Saturday, 26 people were captured for driving under the influence of alcohol: two in the west, one in the east, and 23 in the La Zona Rosa checkpoints. The ages of the most common group of detained people were between 25 and 36 years old.” ” Transport Deputy Minister Nelson Reyes.

“Driving under the influence of intoxicating beverages is a crime classified in the Penal Code and is limited to cases in which 100 mg/dl or more of alcohol in exhaled air is identified,” said the deputy minister.

According to the Vice Minister of Transportation, Nelson Reyes, they have increased the anti-doping test by 87% this year.

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In conclusion, combating drunk driving in El Salvador demands unwavering commitment from authorities, something they are increasing. The persistent menace of intoxicated drivers necessitates this ongoing vigilance and enforcement to ensure safer roads for everyone.