During alcohol and drug checks from July to September 2022, the Brussels-Capital/Ixelles police zone revoked 173 driving licences of people who were caught driving under the influence in Brussels.
A total of 11,285 drivers had to take alcohol breath tests in police campaigns in which the Directorate of Traffic participated, resulting in 170 drivers testing positive and 130 other drivers even having 'alarmingly high' blood alcohol levels.
"For 33 drivers, the driving licence was immediately revoked for a period of 15 days. In the same campaigns, 19 drivers were also caught driving under the influence of drugs," the police said in a press release. "Here, 12 driving licences were immediately revoked."
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In addition to these campaigns, drivers who were involved in an accident, for instance, were also checked. This led to another 134 people testing positive, while 287 people even had alarmingly high blood alcohol levels.
"Again, 96 driving licences were confiscated for a period of 15 days. For drugs behind the wheel, 35 of the 55 drivers caught also lost their licences for 15 days."