As of November 2019 the traffic department of the Royal Grenada Police Force recorded a total of two thousand, two hundred and seventy two reported road accidents, with eight being fatal and eighty-seven considered serious accidents.
The RGPF believes that the roll out of breathalyzers will significantly reduce the number of road accidents as it serves as a deterrent.
Superintendent Randy Connaught, in charge if the traffic department, said a breathalyzer test may be done once a police officer has reason to believe a person is driving under the influence and over the prescribed alcohol limit.
The legal limited has been set to 70 micro grams of alcohol in 100 milliliters of breath. And 160 milligrams of alcohol in 100 milliliters of blood or any portion as maybe prescribed by regulation.
He noted that failure to comply to the breathalyzer test, results in an immediate arrest.
“Upon first conviction, the individual can be fined up to $5,000 or imprisonment up to twelve months and in the case of a second or subsequent offense, $10,000 or two years in prison,” explained Superintendent Connaught.
He added that it is the RGPF’s hope that the breathalyzer test will commence before the ending of 2019.