$10 'breatho' to save lives

FRASER Coast drivers who want to know their blood-alcohol level can buy breathalysers at chemists, auto shops and online for as little as $10.

With so many drink-drivers constantly clogging the local courts, the Chronicle wants to help shed light on some of the ways to avoid getting behind the wheel after you've been drinking.

After a quick ring-around yesterday, we learnt that you can buy simple disposable breathalysers at most local chemists for $8.99.

Chemists in Pialba, Scarness, Kawungan and Urangan all sell the Redline Breathalyser, which is endorsed by Crime Stoppers and tells you whether you are likely to pass a 0.05 per cent breath test.

The device does not measure blood alcohol concentration but provides a guide to breath alcohol content. It cannot be used a legal evidence.

Samantha Handley, retail manager at Amcal at Pialba Place, said the breathalysers were not big sellers, which could be because people didn't know about them.

“We sell a few at Christmas and New Year,” Ms Handley said. “But we stock them year-round.”

Terry White at Centro Hervey Bay has just begun selling digital breathalysers for $50 which can be kept in a car's glove box.

Supa Cheap Auto at Pialba sells Alcolimit digital breathalysers for $189. The device is Australian Standards-approved and provides two decimal point accuracy when recording blood alcohol limit.

Police say they don't encourage do-it-yourself breath tests and ask people who are going to drink to plan ahead and not drive.

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