New drink drive de­vice in use by Ar­ran po­lice

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New equip­ment has ar­rived on Ar­ran, mean­ing any­one caught drink driv­ing can be dealt with more quickly and ef­fi­ciently.

The is­land has its first In­toxime­ter de­vice, mean­ing the results of a road­side breath test can be con­firmed by the new equip- ment at Lam­lash po­lice of­fice with­out a doc­tor hav­ing to per­form a blood test.

Sergeant Dougie Robert­son said po­lice on Ar­ran could now deal with drink driv­ing of­fences in a ‘far more ef­fi­cient man­ner’. It will also take some pressure off the NHS on the is­land. Sergeant Robert­son told the Ban­ner: ‘Ul­ti­mately, hav­ing the In­toxime­ter de­vice means the po­lice on Ar­ran have ac­cess to the same pro­cesses and pro­ce­dures which are used to tackle drink driv­ing on the main­land and will al­low us to take swift ac­tion against those who choose to drive while un­der the in­flu­ence of al­co­hol, putting not only their lives but those of oth­ers in dan­ger.’

Ar­ran will now take part in the fes­tive drink drive cam­paign and other ini­tia­tives dur­ing the year.

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