LTO yet to purchase alcohol breath analyzers

By Jacque Manabat, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jun 05 2014 05:05 PM | Updated as of Jun 06 2014 01:05 AM

MANILA - The Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) IRR for the Anti-Drunk and Drugged Driving Act will be effective next week. However, there are still no alcohol breath analyzers available, the Land Transportation Office (LTO) said.

According to LTO spokesperson Jason Salvador, they have already requested funds from the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) for the procurement of the gadgets.

The LTO wants to distribute 150 breath analyzers nationwide by next month. Each set costs around P100,000.

Salvador on Thursday showed a sample of a breath analyzer from one of the bidders.

Specifications of the gadget include a police grade breath analyzer kit, thermal paper in a mobile printer, and a keyboard.

These will enable the deputized law enforcer to print the results and use it as evidence if the offender is found positive with trace of alcohol.

Three copies will be printed -- for the apprehending officer, the driver, and for filing. Salvador said having printed copies will prevent bribery.

The law limits the allowable blood alcohol level for drivers of private vehicles below 4,500 kilograms to below 0.05 percent, equivalent to one or two bottles of beer.

For drivers of public utility vehicles, trucks, buses and motorcycles, no amount of alcohol is allowed.

Previously, law enforcers would need to shuttle the alleged drunk or drugged violator/s to a hospital for testing. Results may take hours or sometimes a day.