Johor Traffic chief Supt M. Kumarasan said that just in two weeks, they arrested 64 individuals for driving under the influence of alcohol.
This compares to a total of 59 drivers arrested for drink driving in the state for the whole of last year.
“Since the beginning of the month until March 14, we have conducted about 27 operations.
“Those arrested are between the ages of 21 and 65,” he said during a press conference at the Johor Police Contingent Headquarters.
Supt Kumarasan added that a majority of those caught were aged from 23 to 40, making up 70% of the total arrested.
When asked about the highest blood alcohol reading obtained during the 27 operations, he said it was 240mg per decilitre, three times the limit needed to fail a breathalyser test.
Those arrested have been charged under Section 45A(1) of the Road Transport Act 1987, and were brought to court.
If found guilty, they face a fine of between RM1,000 to RM6,000 or imprisonment of not more than 12 months.
Last month, the government announced that it was studying amending the penalty for motorists found guilty for driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs, as well as for dangerous driving, causing death, with a fine of up to RM100,000.
Then Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng said besides the fine, the jail sentence for the offender will be increased to 20 years from the current 10 years.
“The government is looking at amending the penalty under Section 41 (of the Road Transport Act 1987) for those who cause accidents leading to death due to driving in a drunken state,” he said.
The move was prompted by several fatalities caused by motorists driving under the influence in the country.
On another issue, Supt Kumarasan said police have also been cracking down on errant lorry drivers.
“In 18 operations carried out across the state, we issued a total of 398 compounds.
“The compounds were issued for drivers who do not have the appropriate licence for heavy vehicles, failing to secure cargo or loading cargo dangerously as well as driving on the wrong lane,” he said.
He added that the police will be working closely with the Road Transport Department (JPJ) to focus on enforcement against such offences in the future.
Supt Kumarasan also urged drivers of heavy vehicles to be considerate towards other road users to avoid any unwanted incidents.