THE Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) says it is committed to ensure safety of road users and passengers of vessels and aircraft.
It (RSIPF) stated in a statement this week following the introduction and enforcement of breathalyser or Alcohol Breath Testing (ABT) for drivers and operators of vehicles for the first time in Honiara.
“The RSIPF is committed to ensuring the safety of road users and passengers of vessels and aircraft, and this program is a positive step towards that goal,” it said.
Police, however, advise anyone who is a passenger of a vehicle where they believe that the driver is under the influence of alcohol to either not enter the vehicle or if they are already a passenger, ask the driver to stop and then leave the vehicle or report details of the vehicle and its driver immediately to police.
“Police also advise anyone who is the passenger of a vehicle where they believe that the driver is under the influence of alcohol to either not entering the vehicle, or if they are already a passenger, ask the driver to stop and then leave the vehicle.
“Passengers of commercial vehicles who believe that the driver is under the influence of alcohol should report the details including the driver’s name or description, vehicle description and registration number and time and location to police immediately,” the statement said.
The RSIPF thanked the World Health Organisation (WHO), for their support during consultations on the legislation and for providing the Alcolizer LE5 breathalyser devices to be used by the RSIPF.
Meanwhile, the statement added that drinking coffee or water, having some food, a swim, or vomiting, does not reduce the alcohol concentration in your blood or make you ‘sober up’ faster. Time is the only thing that will reduce the effects of alcohol.
“Drivers should be aware that alcohol can remain in the body for many hours after consumption, and a person may still exceed the prescribed level many hours later and even the following morning if a large amount of alcohol has been consumed.
“If you are going to be drinking alcohol you will need to make a plan to be able to get home, which might include nominating a designated driver in your group who will not drink alcohol, catch a bus or taxi or make some other arrangements that does not involve driving after you have been drinking alcohol, like staying at a friend’s house.
“The message from police is simple; if you are going to drink, don’t drive. If you are going to drive, don’t drink,” it revealed.
“Alcohol Breath Testing can occur at anytime and anywhere. If you drink and drive, you will be caught.”
Alcohol is a leading factor in the number of crashes where people die or are seriously injured on Solomon Islands roads.
The aim of the legislation and police operations with the use of breathalyser is to reduce death and serious injury resulting from vehicle accidents where alcohol has been a contributing factor.
The legislation will greatly enhance the ability of the RSIPF to remove intoxicated drivers from the roads, further ensuring the safety of all road users.
By Admin/News Desk