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New tech gets tough on drink drivers

Drivers over the limit will face an increased chance of being prosecuted under new roadside breathalyser technology being explored.

Breathalyser being used on motorist

The new breathalyser technology will provide instant, conclusive results

The instant results will mean that police won’t need to take drivers to a police station to take a further test – which can enable those who are marginally over the drink drive limit to ‘sober up’.

The Government is now committing £350,000 to a competition being run by PACTS (Parliamentary Advisory Council for Transport Safety) for companies to submit proposed technologies to market. The final technology is expected to launch in summer 2020.

The news comes as the Government also announced investigation teams dedicated to analysing the cause of road collisions will be deployed to UK roads later this year, as part of plans to improve road safety.

The new approach to road casualty investigation will be trialled by the RAC Foundation in three regions over three years, working alongside the DfT, Highways England, DVSA and the police, and supported by £480,000 of funding from the Government.

RAC Foundation Director Steve Gooding said: “We are keen to seize the opportunity to work with the DfT, the police and others to explore the scope for learning more about the causes of the road crashes that continue to blight – and curtail – so many lives, in particular to establish the practicalities, costs and full benefits of tackling and pre-empting them more effectively.”

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 16 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. As Business Editor, Natalie ensures the group websites and newsletters are updated with the latest news.