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The Mauritius Police Force

Safety Driving

 
Policing target for the month of December 2005

With the end of year festivities, the Traffic Branch and the Police Road Safety Unit is putting a lot of emphasis on drunken driving and speeding, to ensure that our roads are much safer during this period of festivity.

There will be several teams patrolling every regions of the island towns, villager and along the motorway performing stop checks, verification of vehicles as to their roadworthiness, speed checks and alcotest exercises.

Drunken Driving
 
Police will develop a zero tolerance approach towards drunken drivers, so it is strongly advisable not to drink and drive.
 
It is to be remaindered that the legal permissible limits are:
- 50 milligrammes of alcohol in 100 ml of blood.
- 67 milligrammes of alcohol in 100 ml of urine.
- 23 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 ml of breath.
 
The penalties are
- 1st conviction – Fine not less than Rs 10,000 and not more than Rs 25,000
- Imprisonment is permissible and it is not more than 6 months.
- Disqualification of driving licence is permissible.
- Fine not less than Rs 20,000 and not more than Rs 50,000.
- Imprisonment is obligatory and it is not less than 12 months.
- Disqualification of driving licence is obligatory.
 
Here is an approximate reference to remain safely under the legal permissible limit.
- 1 tot of whisky or Rhum.
- 1 pint of beer (chopine)
- 1 glass of wine
 
N.B - It can vary accordingly among different person due to the interplay of various factors, but it is a safe reference to be taken into consideration.
Elimination of Alcohol
The only factor that can eliminate alcohol in blood is the time factor and it varies from 0.10 mg to 0.15 mg in one hour.

Note:- 728 drivers have been tested positive in the year 2005 from 1st January to 28th December. For the period 19th December to 27th December 2005, 35 drivers have been tested positive.

Speeding

Speeding is a major cause of fatal road accident. Speeding wrecks the lives of millions of people on the world's roads. It is to be noted that the world's first death by motor vehicle happened on the 17th of August 1896 at Crystal Palace in London. It was caused by speeding:

Source: World's first road death. London, Road Peace.

To deter speeding , Police will carry speed checks islandwise during the day and night.

The speed limit regulations in Km/hr
 
Motorway
A road
B road
Other road
Motor car
90
80
60
40
Bus with M.G.W less than 3.5 tons
80
80
60
40
Bus with M.G.W mor than 3.5 tons
70
60
50
40
Goods vehicles or Articulated vehicles with M.G.W less than 3.5 tons
80
80
60
40
Goods vehicles or Articulated vehicles with M.G.W more than 3.5 tons
70
60
50
40
Motor vehicles drawing one trailer with M.G.W less than 3.5 tons
55
60
50
40
Motor vehicles drawing one trailer with M.G.W more than 3.5 tons
55
40
40
40
Motor vehicless drawing more than one trailer
40
40
40
40
 
Shortest stopping distance (in mts)
Speed
Km/hr
Reaction Distance
1 sec
Breaking Distance
Stopping Distance
30
8
4
12
40
11
9
20
50
14
16
30
60
17
25
42
70
19
37
56
80
22
50
72
100
28
82
110
Source (the official highway code)

 

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