SEOUL, April 20 (Korea Bizwire) — The National Police Agency has begun a new system using ‘untact detectors’ to identify drivers under the influence without conducting breath tests.
The new system replaces previous breathalyzers, aiming to reduce the risk of coronavirus transmission.
The new alcohol testing device can be used to measure the driver’s blood alcohol content by holding out a stick in front of the driver for five seconds.
Law enforcement officials explained that all traffic police officers will still be required to sanitize their hands, and wear protective masks at all times even after the new system is implemented.
The new testing device will be wrapped in replaceable covers to prevent contamination, and the detection stick will be disinfected regularly.
The police stopped using breathalyzers in January.
Since then, police officers have been stopping cars on an irregular basis to crack down on drunk driving, which has led to a rising number of driving under the influence of alcohol (DUI) cases and related deaths.
The police reported that DUI cases in the January to March period were 24.4 percent higher than last year(3,296 to 4,101 cases), and the number of deaths 6.8 percent higher (74 to 79).
The police agency plans to test the untact detectors over the next seven days and make improvements before implementing the new system nationwide.
M. H. Lee (firstname.lastname@example.org)