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Metropolitan traffic police range to get breathalyzers

Kathmandu, March 27: The Metropolitan Traffic Police Range is going to employ the breathalyzer machines from March 28. Before this, the traffic police had literally smelled the breath of drivers to ascertain whether they were driving by consuming alcohol in a bid to check drunk driving for want of the breathalyzer machines.

The MTPR announced at a news conference here on Monday that from March 28 the traffic police would be employing the breathalyzer machines to check whether drivers have consumed alcohol.

At the press conference, the police also conducted a test of the breathalyzer machines using Coca-cola, wine, beer, whisky and other beverages. It can be ascertained within a minute whether a person has taken alcohol or not by using the device.

The Police Headquarters has provided 50 breathalyzer machines to the MOTOR for the time being and it is planning to provide more of these, it is said.

Chief of MOTOR, Deputy Inspector General of Police Ganash Raj Rai said they have collected revenue of Rs. 13.16 million by taking action against 15,793 persons for drunk driving from December 3, 2011 to March 13, 2012. RSS

Published Date: Tuesday, March 27th, 2012 | 02:57 PM

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