This will help police avoid the tedious task of taking the driver to a hospital for undertaking a blood test if he is found to have consumed alcohol.
Police will soon launch ‘Booze Buses’ to identify drivers who drive under the influence of alcohol and drugs.
The traditional method of testing blood alcohol content (BAC) for drunken driving is by forcing the vehicle driver to blow into the alcometer in full public view is on its way out. For many people, this is very humiliating. To solve that issue, police will introduce Booze Buses.
Booze Buses resembles a mobile blood laboratories that will give a private space for the person undergoing the test for alcohol content.
“The method is more scientific. Moreover, it avoids a person feeling humiliated for being made to undertake such a test in the public,” said state police chief Loknath Behera.
The booze vehicle will house advanced equipment that will ensure conduction of test in optimal, hygienic conditions, with disposable testing strips. It will also have a mobile printer which will print the test result. Services of a paramedic will also be available who can conduct a blood test on the driver. This will help police avoid the tedious task of taking the driver to a hospital for undertaking a blood test if he is found to have consumed alcohol.
That’s not all, the booze bus will also be able to check if the driver is under the influence of drugs, a trend which is increasing, especially among the youth. The drug testing equipment on the vehicle can identify at least seven types of drugs by using the oral fluid of the person. The drug test will provide a quick alternative to the hassle of collecting urine or blood samples. At present, the police have no method to prove if a person is driving under the influence of drugs.
Police will launch 20 such buses in the first phase, one each for 19 police districts and one for the traffic police headquarters. Each vehicle will cost around Rs20lakh. The first batch of five such vehicles is expected to hit the roads in three months. They will be given to five corporations.
The booze vehicle or the alcohol detection vehicle is popular in several other countries. In a study conducted in 2017, it was found that the reason for the majority of accidents, including 4,035 fatal cases was found to be drunken driving or driving under the influence of drugs.
Kerala hopes to reduce the road accident cases by 25% in the next three years. For 2018, the state aims at reduction in accidents by 10%.