Senior Cop supports mandatory testing for alcohol

Superintendent of Police, George Nicholas,  who is in charge of crime, has come out in support of mandatory testing for alcohol at scenes of road accidents.

However while supporting calls for the mandatory tests, Nicholas asserted that there must be legislative backing and requisite training for police officers.

“We must have the proper equipment and the training,” the senior cop told the Times.

Nicholas was echoing calls made recently by Doctor Marcus Day, the Director of the  Saint Lucia based Caribbean Drug and Alcohol Research Institute (CDARI)).

Day believes that the number of people driving under the influence of alcohol is reflected in the number of road accidents being recorded.

He said the police are hampered by existing legislation which requires that blood samples be drawn.

The CDARI Director told the Times that this country has no legislation entitling the police to use breathalyzers.


He  called for both a change in the legislation and education.



  1. Marcus Day
    July 27, 2016 at 8:58 am

    Actually it was pointed out to me that breathalyzers are allowed by legislation but they have not been purchased and the police have received no training

  2. Stephen King
    July 27, 2016 at 9:36 am

    Upto now 2016 we are debating whether to test drivers during such a spike in horrendous accidents?

  3. FS
    July 28, 2016 at 2:38 pm

    Well since we are talking science, technology and quantitative measurements of ingested compounds the flagship of all of thAt kind of work, the forensic laboratory, must be open and leading the way.
    It cannot be otherwise