Cars driven by some drivers to be fitted with a breathalyser to stop the car being started if they’ve drunk too much

 

A new trial is to be rolled out in the UK by one of our police forces aimed at drink drivers.

Basically, drink drivers will be prevented from being able to start their car by way of a breathalyser which acts as an immobiliser.

The alcohol interlock sits in the car and before the driver is able to move off, must breathe into it to see if they are safe to drive and under the legal alcohol limit.

Durham Police are undertaking the trial which will be offered to motorists for free, especially those who struggle with alcohol addiction or have been caught drink driving on numerous occasions in the past.

As well as having to breathe into the device before a journey can begin, they must also stop and breathe into the interlock at random times during the journey.

New trial aimed at drink drivers to be rolled out in the UK

Cars driven by some drivers to be fitted with a breathalyser to stop the car being started if they’ve drunk too much

 

The trial is part of Durham’s Checkpoint Programme which will hopefully reduce the amount of crime. All data collected from the device can be sent onto the police in real-time.

Other countries including Sweden and the US are already using devices similar to this, with coaches in France using them in some parts of the country. From July 2018, alcohol interlocks became compulsory in Belgium for high-level offenders.

“This really is an innovative project which is a first for the UK, and will hopefully help us identify and deal with potential drink drivers before they even get behind the wheel,” said Detective Inspector Andy Crowe, who’s leading the trial.

Any driver who thinks they can remove the breathalsyer will be caught out, as an alarm is signalled to inform the police, whilst other devices can photograph the driver to ensure it’s them who’s carrying out the test.

 

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