A total of 277 points were docked from driving licences by the Guardia Civil during the first weekend of the new points system in the Balearics.
73 drivers were penalised by the traffic police for various offences on Saturday and Sunday.
The traffic police reported yesterday that the most common offences were drinking and driving, failing to wear a seat belt and using the mobile phone. In four separate cases, drivers were docked six points each, half the allotted limit of 12 points, for drinking and driving. The other 12 drivers caught for drinking and driving on Saturday were all docked four points each.
Ten drivers were docked three points each for using mobile phones without hands free kits while four motorcyclists were sanctioned for not wearing helmets. The new driving licence points system came into effect on July 1. The Guardia Civil also used the weekend to mount a widespread awareness campaign to alert drivers to the new system and how it works.

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