‘B-test for court’ bid
POLICE are to get hi-tec roadside breathalysers to give instant read-outs that can hold up in court.
Currently a suspected drink-driver has to be taken to a police station for a breath or blood test good enough to use as evidence.
Many get off on the second test because the time taken means levels drop.
But the new mobile kits will be so accurate they can secure a conviction alone.
The only problem is that, while the technology exists, no UK firm has yet produced a suitable device.
Now Roads Minister Jesse Norman is launching a £3,500 prize for the first to manage it.
The Department for Transport said: “It means those marginally over the limit will not have extra time to sober up and pass.”
Mr Norman added: “New mobile breathalyser technology will enable the police to enforce the alcohol limit more rigorously.”
Drink-driving causes more than 200 deaths a year. In 2016, one in eight of 460,000 motorists given tests were over the limit.
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FIRST STOP: Road test