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Road traffic legislation changes will see more 'borderline' cases prosecuted

One for the road?  After changes to Road Traffic legislation announced in the last few days, motorists may need to think again.  For many years, drivers who provide breath tests that are only marginally over the limit, have had the option to replace their sample of breath with one of blood or urine.  Under new rules, the police will proceed to prosecute motorists who fail breath tests without recourse to blood or urine samples.   The requirement to conduct a preliminary test at the roadside before taking a suspect to the police station for evidential breath tests has also been abolished.  It will now be possible for a police officer to proceed directly to an evidential breath test at the roadside if the correct equipment is available.  These new rules will reduce the delays that saw many borderline offenders walk free and and see more drink drivers brought to justice.  If you would like more information or have been suspected of drink driving then please contact Sarah Acres.

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