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.