Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SREET WATCH -

Ran­dom breath test­ing (RBT) started in Aus­tralia in 1982, and gone are the crys­tals and the plas­tic bag, walk­ing in a straight line, or touching your nose while stand­ing on one foot tech­niques! Nowa­days po­lice have al­come­ters that pro­vide a very past and ac­cu­rate in­di­ca­tion of a per­son’s breath al­co­hol con­cen­tra­tion. When a pos­i­tive read­ing is in­di­cated, the driver is de­tained and taken for a con­fir­ma­tory test. A sec­ond test is con­ducted on an in­stru­ment known as an in­tox­i­lyzer and fol­low­ing this a breath anal­y­sis cer­tifi­cate is is­sued, which is used as ev­i­dence in a Mag­is­trates Court. “This driver is also is­sued a no­tice to ap­pear in a Mag­is­trates Court, as well as a 24-hour no­tice of sus­pen­sion,” said Ma­reeba road policing unit act­ing sergeant Cate Shana­han. “In some cases an im­me­di­ate sus­pen­sion is is­sued dis­qual­i­fy­ing a driver un­til all mat­ters have been fi­nalised be­fore the courts.” A driver who is de­tected over the mid­dle or high al­co­hol limit will have their li­cense im­me­di­ately sus­pended. “There are so many vari­ables to be taken into con­sid­er­a­tion re­lat­ing to types of al­co­hol, gen­der, a per­sons mus­cle to fat ra­tio, how hy­drated a per­son is, me­tab­o­lism, etc,” she said. “Per­haps the sim­ple an­swer is zero al­co­hol equals zero chance of be­ing pos­i­tive.”

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