The City of Cape Town has launched a new handheld screening devices for random breath testing, in Bloubergstrand on Friday as part of its campaign to clamp down on those who drink and drive.
The first casualty was nabbed by police at 5.30 on Friday morning when he was found to be five times over the legal limit.
JP Smith, Mayco, Safety and Security says finding drunk drivers on the road that inebriated was shocking.
We've had breathalysers for years now but it's the flexibility of this device that will help now.— JP Smith Mayco, Safety and Security
Smith explains that the challenges often faced with alcohol breath testing require a law officer to take someone to a shadow center or hospital for blood samples which poses delay challenges for getting back the results in time for the court roll.
This new device is both a scanner and allows for a more detailed and accurate test.— JP Smith Mayco, Safety and Security
Once you have a result on this, a person will still need to go for an additional breathe test by a certified operator but it does help with determining whether the case is worth pursuing.— JP Smith Mayco, Safety and Security
This model is said to have been tested and used in countries such as Australia. Smith says he hope this will help improve improper and illegal behaviours on our roads.