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More than 3,500 alcohol and drug tests on Brussels drivers

07:49 08/02/2021

Nearly 3,500 alcohol and drug tests were carried out on drivers during the evenings of Friday and Saturday in the centre of Brussels and in Laeken, according to the latest results released on Sunday afternoon on Twitter by the Brussels-Ixelles police. A total of 49 motorists were found to be in violation of the law.

Saturday night's checks took place on avenues Houba de Strooper and Van Praet in Laeken, as well as Place Poelaert and Rue Belliard in Brussels. The checks ran from 18.30 to 1.15 in the morning. Of the 2,023 tests conducted, 26 were positive for alcohol and two for drugs. The maximum blood alcohol level measured was 2.32 grams of alcohol per litre of blood. The police confiscated five drivers' licences on the spot.

On Friday, the checks took place between 16.30 and 0.30 in Place Poelaert and Rue Belliard. Of the 1,439 motorists tested, 18 were positive for alcohol and five for drugs. Police took seven drivers' licenses at the scene. The maximum blood alcohol level measured was 1.68 grams of alcohol per litre of blood.

One driver had to be stopped by a roadblock on Rue Belliard. Police motorcyclists managed to intercept him at the Arts-Loi junction after a collision caused by the fleeing vehicle. The driver tested positive for alcohol.

In addition, on Friday evening, seven people were reported for non-compliance with the current health measures, said a Brussels-Ixelles police spokesperson.

 

Written by Nick Amies