10 Mar 2008

Police in Samoa to start using breathalyzers for the first time

6:07 am on 10 March 2008

Samoa's Ministry of Police and Prisons will soon use breathalyzer machines for the first time as part of the government's effort to increase road safety.

Legislation allowing the use of the equipment was passed in Parliament last year.

The Prime Minister, Tuila'epa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi, says the increase in the number of road deaths from car accidents was the result of driving under the influence of alcohol.

The acting police commissioner, Lilo Fou Taioalo, says the breathalyzers will be used after the traffic officers involved have three months of training.