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25June2015

Home Office to introduce new breathlyser

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As part of the Government’s ongoing campaign to clamp down on drink-driving, police are set to introduce a new type of roadside breathalyser that will make it easier to successfully convict motorists.

Currently, drivers who fail a roadside breath test are taken to a nearby police station to provide a more accurate sample which can be used as evidence in court.

However, the amount of time taken for an alleged drink-driver to give the evidentiary intoxiliser breath sample often means the alcohol level in their system has decreased, resulting in a negative reading.

The Home Office is now evaluating more accurate roadside breathalysers, which could do away with the need for a second sample.

The new breathlysers, which could be in use within months, aim to improve conviction rates and free up offcers’ time.

Mike Penning, Home Office minister, said: ‘The police vigorously enforce the law on drink-driving but the development of these new breathalysers will not only ensure that people who drink and drive are convicted but save officers’ time so they can get back on the beat.’

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