New breath-test machines to aid war on drink driving
THE war on drink driving is being boosted by the roll-out of 22 new breath test machines, called Evidenzers, in garda stations, costing more than €220,000.
The Medical Bureau of Road Safety (MBRS) is now ready to proceed with the purchase of the machines, each costing more than €10,000, and bringing to 82 the total number now available to gardai.
Their installation, testing and commissioning will occur on a rolling basis throughout the country in 2013.
The identification of the garda stations where the instruments will be installed is being finalised.
Transport Minister Leo Varadkar said the extra machines will complete the roll-out of evidence-based breath test devices and help gardai in the fight against drink driving.