Daily road checks for drink-drivers throughout December in Elche

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Daily road checks for drink-drivers throughout December in Elche
CONTROL POINT: Elche’s Policia Local carry out random breath tests throughout December Photo credit: Policia Local de Elche

ELCHE’S Policia Local began drink-driving checks sin early December.

Each night they stop an average 300 vehicles, using super-modern initial tests which, if negative, allow drivers to continue their journeys.  If positive, officers then carry out a conventional breath test.

Policia Local sources told the Spanish media that the percentage of positive results is very low, habitually between 3 and 5 per cent.

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“The random tests are dissuasive in themselves,” they added

Elche’s police carry out four and five roadside controls every night, each lasting approximately an hour, at strategic points where drivers cannot reverse and drive off.

The officers also referred to drugs, increasingly used as substitute for alcohol although as yet there they do not have a specific test for detecting them. Instead they rely on experience to gauge who should be tested: “Simply looking at a driver can be enough to decide who needs one,” they said.


Linda came to Spain to live when she was 24, just over 52 years ago, and her husband is Spanish. She began writing for English-language local newspapers in the mid-1970s and hasn’t stopped since! She leads a Spanish life, which she believes is vital when conveying the news to English-speaking residents, and along the way she produced two editions of Expand Your Spanish, helping English-speakers to enlarge their knowledge of the language. She was excited to be in at the birth of the Euro Weekly News in 1999 and is still passionately writing for the paper 22 years later.

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