‘Breathal­y­sers ef­fec­tive in de­tect­ing drunk driv­ers’

New Straits Times - - News -

KUALA LUMPUR: Po­lice have dis­missed claims that the breathal­y­sers used to de­ter­mine blood al­co­hol con­cen­tra­tion in drunk driv­ers are in­ef­fec­tive.

Fed­eral po­lice Traf­fic En­force­ment and In­ves­ti­ga­tion De­part­ment chief Datuk Ma­hamad Akhir Darus said traf­fic po­lice have been us­ing the same de­vice for years and there was no is­sue with their ac­cu­racy.

“That’s not true. We are us­ing them to test sus­pected drunk mo­torists in our op­er­a­tions.”

Akhir said on pa­trols, po­lice would mon­i­tor and in­spect mo­torists who be­haved in a sus­pi­cious man­ner. They have been do­ing reg­u­lar op­er­a­tions, in­clud­ing on week­ends.

On the need to in­crease po­lice pa­trols fol­low­ing ac­ci­dents in­volv­ing drunk driv­ers, he said there was no plan to in­crease po­lice pres­ence on the roads as the sit­u­a­tion was not alarm­ing.

City traf­fic po­lice chief As­sis­tant Com­mis­sioner Mohd Nadzri Hus­sain said po­lice ac­tively used the breathal­yser with­out is­sue.

In Pu­tra­jaya, Trans­port Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai said the govern­ment would step up ef­forts to keep in­tox­i­cated driv­ers off the road.

On the case in Pe­nang where a 19-yearold part-time model had al­legedly drove against traf­fic and caused the death of an­other mo­torist, he said more road safety cam­paigns would be con­ducted to ed­u­cate the pub­lic.

“We are con­cerned about peo­ple driv­ing un­der the in­flu­ence of drugs and al­co­hol.

“We must ed­u­cate the pub­lic to take re­spon­si­bil­ity and em­power them to en­sure road safety.”

Liow said this at the min­istry’s head­quar­ters after a post-cabi­net meet­ing yes­ter­day.

Datuk Ma­hamad Akhir Darus

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