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Cancun police send another 85 impaired drivers to jail over weekend

Cancun, Q.R. — Cancun police have sent 85 people people to jail for failing breathalyzer tests over the weekend in their latest city check stops.

A press release from the Municipal Secretariat of Public Security says that a total of 85 people found to be driving under the influence were remitted to the Municipal Retention Center over the three-night check stop weekend.

The breathalyzer check stops are placed around different parts of Cancun every Thursday night to Saturday night. The last check points were set up at the intersection of Kabah avenues with Nichupté, Lakin Avenue as well as on Tulum Avenue.

Saturday night, police moved to set up testing at Costa Maya Avenue, Bonampak and at the intersection of José López Portillo and Chac Mool Avenues.

Over the course of the three nights, police stopped a total of 653 cars and requested 215 breath tests with 85 of those blowing, failing. Of those that did not pass the breathalyzer test, 79 were men and six were women found to be driving under the influence.

In Quintana Roo, a blood alcohol limit of .040 or .40 (depending on whether its grams or milligrams), is considered impaired.

Each of the 85 were sent to El Torto in Cancun for a duration of between 12 and 36 hours, depending on their level of blood-alcohol. After their release, a judge imposes a fine.

The Driving without Alcohol program hopes to reduce accident risks while promoting greater safety for citizens.