Drivers not seeing breathalyser tests as a deterrent, insurers fear

Cameras seem to be more effective because of the associated fines

While speed cameras are widely accepted as a deterrent to speeding, the use of breathalysers to curb drink-driving has yet to be regarded in the same manner, insurers believe.

In a Talking Point in Times of Malta, the head of the Malta Insurance Association, Adrian Galea, argues that while speed cameras seem to be acceptable “because they rake in several euros in fines”, breathalyser tests, which he said also save lives, do not seem to be similarly accepted.

“The association encourages further investment in deterrent, including more breathalyser kits as well as kits to test for drug consumption,” Mr Galea said.

“The police can only improve their effectiveness if more resources are available to them.

“The difficulty of the task they face in having to deal with individuals who may be driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs and who are facing the prospect of a combination of heavy fines and licence suspension, not to mention the possibility of spending the night locked up, should not be underestimated.”

He also insisted on the importance of organising awareness campaigns throughout the year, and not just during the festive period.

As reported on the Times of Malta on Monday 13 May 2019

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