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TCI Police can now use breathalisers

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#Providenciales, Turks and Caicos – Wednesday May 30, 2018 – It is now officially on the law books that drivers in the Turks and Caicos can no longer legally drive drunk.

The May 11, 2018 Gazette of the TCI published the amendments to the Road Traffic Ordinance which make it legal for authorities to test a drivers’ breath for alcohol.  

The legal limit was announced recently by Commissioner of Police, James Smith, during a press conference where he revealed that the new measure was mere weeks away.

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The Alco Sensor FST, which is an automated handheld device for roadside screening purposes and the Intox EC/IR II, which is a device for desktop evidence testing are written into the law as a part of section 30 of the ordinance.  They are described as the industry’s fastest selling PBTs, or preliminary breath testing instruments.  

Driving drunk is believed to be the cause for the increase in deadly road accidents and severe vehicle collisions.  Police and Road Traffic officials are hopeful the introduction of the PBTs would do double work to catch individuals who drive under the influence of alcohol and deter drunk driving in the first place.

Home Affairs Minister, Delroy Williams signed the changes into law which take effect on July 1, 2018.

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