DR reports that in the period from 26 November 2015 to 20 December 2015, the traditional ‘julespritkontroller’ or ‘Christmas spirit controls’ by police on motorways lead to 854 indictments.
In the spirit of the season
Police charged 438 people for driving under the influence of alcohol – which marked a decrease from 2014’s 496 arrests.
However, more people were charged with driving under the influence of drugs this year than last – 416 this year as opposed to 335 in 2014.
Police also stated that they believed alcohol was a contributing factor to 108 traffic accidents this Christmas season, and that 29 accidents may have been caused because the driver was under the influence of narcotics.
Police checks were particularly heavy on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays – days that Christmas lunches, or ‘julefrokoster’, are traditionally held. Police also carried out checks on Sundays, when some people can still be suffering the effects of the previous night’s excesses.