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Home NATIONALRural police benefit from new breathalysers
Thu, 16 Oct, 2014 12:22:47 AM
FTimes - STT Report, Oct. 16
Senior Constable Mikko Punkkinen presenting the new breatherlyser Evidenzer Mobile 240 installed in a police van at Police University College in Tampere on 15 October 2014. Photo – Str / Lehtikuva.
The police, especially those in rural areas, will benefit from the new and more accurate breathalysers which will be used by police during patrols, said Police Superintendent Risto Lammi.
Twenty new breathalysers will be installed in police patrol cars this autumn and a further 35 will be installed during the winter.
The breathalysers will be used in different parts of the country.
The new device will help police minimise transportation of drunk-driving suspects to police stations due to its accuracy.
In the past, breathalyser tests which showed motorists exceeded the speed limit still compelled police to take motorists to police stations for more accurate tests. In rural areas, transportation of drunk drivers had been costing the police a lot of man-hours.
The acquisition of the new breathalysers cost 500,000 euros. A similar device has been used in Sweden and Ireland.
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