Tuesday 12 December, 2017

Suspected drunk drivers could be tested

Minister of Trasport, Michael Lashley passes dexterity test at Massy United Insurance Driving Skills Academy launch today at Bushy Park.

Minister of Trasport, Michael Lashley passes dexterity test at Massy United Insurance Driving Skills Academy launch today at Bushy Park.

The breathalyzer provision in the newly amended Road Traffic Act now allows medical practitioners to test blood alcohol levels once police give the nod.

This is the belief of the Minister of Transport and Works (MTW), Michael Lashley expressed as he spoke to Loop News today on the sidelines of the media launch of the Massy United Insurance Driving Skills Academy, now situated at Bushy Park in St. Philip.

He said, “I have to check that, but I think the Act, once the police speaks to a registered practitioner and that person is the person available then they would have to do the test.”

Then he asserted, “Once the police have reasonable suspicion…They can conduct the test.”

He was answering the question posed after Managing Director of Sandy Crest and Coverley Medical, Dr. Brian Charles said that following the Act’s amendments in parliament medical practitioners are unsure whether they can now test if they have a suspicion.

Charles admitted:

“’Breathalyzer provision’, I’m not clear on that. Though we frequently have accidents that are related to drunk-driving or even workplace accidents, or domestic or social incidents, we cannot test anyone legally right now.

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“So I need some clarity on the Act as to whether or not we can test for alcohol levels because we frequently suspect it on a clinical basis, but we don’t have that evidence that someone is legally past their alcohol level.”

The Minister test drove one of the Driving School's vehicles around the dexterity course.

(Photo credit: Orry Hunte gives Minister Lashley "a pass" after his drive.)

His driving instructor/coach, Orry Hunte, the Experiences and Workshop Coordinator at Bushy Park said that he was "good. He didn't hit any cones and that's the aim." He gave the Minister "a pass".

The Driving School is set to officially launch January 15, 2018, and will cater to the professional, the Clubman and the fleet driver with courses and workshops targeted at varied levels - beginner, intermediate and expert.