MMDA to use 'breathalyzers' vs drunk drivers

Posted at 06/28/12 10:58 PM

MANILA, Philippines – The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) will begin using “breathalyzers” or breath analyzers against motorists driving under the influence.

“Ang plano dito is to have this implemented sa mga drivers, napakarami nating aksidente kapag weekend,” said MMDA Chairman Atty. Francis Tolentino.

 The penalty for drunk driving in Quezon City is P2,000 for the first offense, P3,000 for the second offense and P5,000 for the third offense.

Violators in Makati, on the other hand, face a penalty of P2,500.

Subjects are first asked to breathe on a sampling cup. The test will automatically turn up negative if no alcohol is present.

If the test turns out positive, they are then asked to breathe into the mouth piece of the breath analyzer.  

If the device returns a blood alcohol content of .06 or higher, this confirms that the subject is intoxicated.

Many drivers agree with the use of the breath analyzer but also issued a challenge to the MMDA.

“Dapat ayusin din muna nila ang kanilang sarili,” said jeepney driver Romeo Genaro.

MMDA officials summoned 50 traffic enforcers on Thursday to test if any of them were drinking on the job.

Currently, the MMDA only has five breath analyzers but they plan to increase the number to 12 if the gadget is proven to be effective. -- Report from Zyann Ambrosio, ABS-CBN News