Gozo averages one breathalyser test every three weeks

Breathalyser tests appear to be a particularly rare occurrence in Gozo, with just 57 having been carried out in the island since the beginning of 2017.

Figures tabled in Parliament by Home Affairs Minister Byron Camilleri in response to a parliamentary question by PN MP Chris Said show that 15 tests were carried out in 2017, 17 in 2018 and 20 in 2019. A further five tests were carried out in the first four months of 2020.

The figures show that on average, breathalyser tests were carried out once every three weeks during the period in question.

A third of those tested since 2017 – 19 – were found to have blood alcohol levels in excess of the legal limit. Six motorists were caught in 2017, an additional 6 in 2018, 4 in 2019 and a further 3 by the end of April this year.