The Civil Guard of the Region of Murcia, thanks to the collaboration of citizens, has investigated a young driver as the alleged perpetrator of a crime against road safety, after testing positive in a breathalyser control, located on the Mediterranean motorway A-7, in the municipality of Totana (Murcia), according to sources from the Benemérita in a statement.
The action began when the Traffic Operations Centre of the Traffic Sector of the Guardia Civil of Murcia received phone calls from several users who warned of the anomalous circulation of a car on the A-7 motorway, at kilometre 607 towards Andalusia, in the municipality of Totana, so a patrol of motorists from the Traffic Detachment of Lorca moved immediately to the scene.
Courageous action by three professional drivers
Thanks to the cooperation of the citizens, the drivers of two heavy goods vehicles and a passenger bus, who, on noticing the erratic, zigzagging and dangerous driving of the car following them, moved in parallel, the car slowed down to stop on the hard shoulder, which prevented the incident from being saved without harm to the rest of the road users.
On the arrival of the Civil Guards, the young driver, who was travelling alone and was on his way home to Puerto Lumbreras (Murcia), was subjected to the mandatory breathalyser tests, giving positive results of 1.14 and 1, 12 milligrams of alcohol per litre of exhaled air, quadrupling the maximum permitted rate of 0.25 mg/litre, for which he was investigated as the alleged perpetrator of an offence against road safety for driving a motor vehicle under the influence of alcoholic beverages.
The person under investigation and the immobilised vehicle were placed at the disposal of the Court of Instruction number 1 of Totana (Murcia).
The offence of driving under the influence of alcoholic beverages, with rates above 0.60 milligrams/litre, is included in article 379 of the Penal Code and can be punished alternatively with prison sentences of 3 to 6 months, a fine of 6 to 12 months, or community service of 31 to 90 days and in any case with deprivation of the right to drive motor vehicles and mopeds for a period of more than 1 and up to 4 years.
The Guardia Civil continues to reiterate its message to those drivers who recklessly and recklessly, despite the campaigns and warnings of the Directorate General of Traffic, drive after having drunk alcohol or taken drugs, recalling that the Traffic Grouping of the Guardia Civil continues to carry out its specific road safety surveillance activity 24 hours a day, especially in high-risk activities, where the mandatory alcohol and drug tests are carried out on all drivers who are reported for committing offences, involvement in accidents or those whose consumption is detected in the course of other surveillance and inspection activities carried out.
On the other hand, the Civil Guard of the Region of Murcia is grateful for the cooperation provided by the professional drivers, who made it possible to alert and remove from circulation the person responsible for the road incident, and appeals to the civic conscience of the population, so that they notify the 062 (Civil Guard), 112 (Emergencies) or directly to the patrols on duty, when they come across anomalous situations or irregular manoeuvres which give rise to the belief that the drivers are under the influence of alcoholic beverages or drugs.