Cape Town has unveiled the latest weapon in the city’s arsenal to catch intoxicated motorists over the festive season — a state-of-the-art, drunk-driver detection vehicle. Known as the Mobile Alcohol Evidentiary Unit‚ the repurposed emergency services vehicle is the first of its kind in SA. MEC for Transport and Public Works Donald Grant said the vehicle would enable authorities to undertake "rapid, on-the-spot checks to determine whether a driver is under the influence‚ while increasing the likelihood of a successful prosecution." "On-the-spot testing makes it possible to release innocent suspects immediately. No blood testing is necessary. By removing the need for personnel to accompany suspects to distant testing centres‚ the technology also enables more law-enforcement officials to be on duty at any time‚" Grant said in a statement on Friday. The vehicle‚ refitted at a cost of about R400,000‚ features a Dräger alcohol breath-testing device that meets all legislative requirements...

BL Premium

This article is reserved for our subscribers.

A subscription helps you enjoy the best of our business content every day along with benefits such as exclusive Financial Times articles, Morningstar financial data, and digital access to the Sunday Times and Times Select.

Already subscribed? Simply sign in below.

Questions or problems? Email or call 0860 52 52 00.