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Wednesday, June 17, 2009Government is moving to equip the police with breathalysers to conduct random tests at upcoming carnival events.  Attorney General Dr. Nicholas Frederick, who is also the Minister  for Justice, made the disclosure while indicating that protocol for the use of breathalysers has already been established.


Dr. Frederick says breathalyser tests will serve as a deterrent against high alcohol consumption levels at carnival activities and will assist with a reduction of crime on the island.


“Many of the crimes that are committed—domestic violence, traffic violations, gang related incidents, and disputes at social gathering are often related to excessive drinking. I think if the police can use their powers of stop and search and have the breath of people tested, this will, I believe, serve as a great deterrent to people drinking, and it will also help to reduce the level of crime in our society,” Dr. Nicholas Frederick said.


He added that conducting breathalyser tests is just one mechanism that will be implemented to reduce the prevalence of crimes associated with alcohol consumption.  Dr Frederick said officials are hoping to have the system in place in the coming weeks.

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