Large squads of agents from Jalisco’s Traffic Department (Secretaria de Movilidad or SeMov) swooped down on the lakeshore area on Sunday, August 6 for twin operations to trap drunk drivers.
According to SeMov’s press office, breathalyzer tests were applied at random to 798 drivers at checkpoints set up simultaneously at the east end of La Floresta and on the Chapala-Guadalajara highway at Ixtlahuacán de los Membrillos.
The agency reports that officers snared 23 individuals who reportedly tested above the legal limit of 0.41 milligrams of alcohol per liter of exhaled air, a violation under Jalisco traffic laws meriting administrative arrest of the motorists, confiscation of their vehicles and steep fines. An additional 16 drivers were ticketed for minor infractions.
Jalisco launched the Salvando Vidas (Saving Lives) program in 2013 with the aim of reducing accidents and highway deaths related to alcohol consumption. The implementation of breathalyzer checkpoints was tied into legislative reforms establishing strict sanctions for DUI violations.
Salvando Vida blockades, managed primarily by female officers, routinely pop up on major thoroughfares in the Guadalajara metro area. Traps have also been set up periodically outside the city limits along highways connected to prime tourist destinations.
The lakeshore region was first targeted in July 2014 when a checkpoint was installed on the outskirts of the south shore town of Tuxcueca, located on the main travel route to Mazamitla. Similar operations have been carried out from time to time in the vicinity of Ixtlahuacan to nab intoxicated drivers heading home from indulgent leisure time at lakeside.