‘B-test for court’ bid

The People - - NEWS FEATURES - By Nigel Nel­son

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.

AN off-duty FBI agent is be­ing probed af­ter his gun fired as he did a back­flip while danc­ing in Den­ver, US – and hit a club rev­eller.

FIRST STOP: Road test

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