Rise in breath tester sales

AUDREY MALONE
Last updated 05:00 04/09/2014

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A Timaru store has increased its sales of an alcohol breath tester but its debatable if it is because of December's law change surrounding alcohol levels and driving.

In December the alcohol breath limit will decrease from 400mg to 250mg, with an automatic fine and demerit points in that initial range.

Repco Timaru sells the Alcosense Professional, which is an alcohol breath monitor.

Repco New Zealand executive general manager Mark Brunton said there has been a spike in sales of the device recently.

However he could not pin the increase to the law change.

"New Zealand drivers are really safe.

"We always notice an increase in sales of the alcohol breath monitors at Christmas time, Father's Day and Easter.

"Christmas is by far and large our largest increase of sales," he said.

Brunton said the Alcosense Professional claimed to have an accuracy rating of plus or minus 0.1 per cent.

"It is up to Australian Standards which I believe are aligned with new Zealand standards," he said.

In the online promotional material the Alcosense promotes itself as a breath tester for the morning after to ensure you are not over the limit, as opposed to the night of drinking.

Sergeant Geoff McCrostie of the Timaru Police said he had seen monitors like these before but questioned the accuracy of the meters.

"At the end of the day you don't want to rely on these pieces of equipment.

"We have industrial pieces of equipment that are quite expensive and go through a lot of testing.

"It's a bit of a waste of money. Just take responsibility for your own actions," he said.

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- The Timaru Herald

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