Arrests for Driving Under the Influence Still Too High for Samoa


Driving Under the Influence of alcohol was the second highest type of charge laid by Samoa Police in 2020.

Responding to questions from Samoa Global News, Police Commissioner Su’a Fuiavailiili Egon Keil confirmed that Samoa Police made 3,704 arrests in 2020.

523 of those were DUI charges, second only to assault which  tops the list with 593 charges,

This past festive season Police road blocks came down hard on  motorists for drink driving, deterring many from attempting to get behind the wheel while under the influence of alcohol.

Police still made 31 DUI arrests in the 11 days between 23 December 2020 to 03rd January 2021. Although there were several tragic deaths from road accidents in the weeks before Chirstmas, there were actually no road fatalities during that festive season period.

With the return of motor vehicle registrations and licensing to the Police Ministry, traffic tickets skyrocketed in 2020 compared to 2019.

“A total of 9,983 traffic tickets were issued to motorists for the year 2020, with most of them (1,347) being citations for unlicensed drivers. That is compared to only 3,652 traffic tickets issued in 2019.

A car taken for a spin by a youth under the influence of alcohol, on Chirstmas eve at Fasitoo-uta