26 Jun 2009

Prime Minister of Samoa says breathalyzers will slash rate of drink driving

2:52 pm on 26 June 2009

The Prime Minister of Samoa says a soon to be passed law allowing police officers to use breathalyzer devices during normal traffic duties will slash the rate of drink driving in the country and catch those in the act.

The legislation is expected to be passed as law today and will authorise traffic officers to test drivers suspected of being under the influence and to prosecute people who refuse to be tested.

Prime Minister Tuila'epa Sa'ilele says roadside breath testing will contribute to public safety on the roads and will help the courts bring to justice the offenders.

"It's extremely useful to determine those drivers who drive under the influence of alcohol. I think it is going to contribute a lot to the safety of our public on the road."

Prime Minister Tuila'epa Sa'ilele says the breathalyzer bill coincides with legislation allowing police officers to issue instant fines for minor traffic offences.