Emergency situation

Large-scale random breath testing operations

Why do the police carry out large-scale random breath testing operations?

The purpose of large-scale random breath testing operations is to remove drivers who are intoxicated, i.e. dangerous to other road users, from traffic. Endangering others or oneself in traffic must not be considered normal, and it is the participation of drunk people that tends to lead to accidents, which in a worst-case scenario result in injury or death.

Is it currently safe to carry out breath testing operations?

The possibility of becoming infected with the virus during a breath testing operation is unlikely. During preliminary breath alcohol tests, the officials of the Police and Border Guard Board wear personal protective equipment to minimise the risk of infection for everyone. The indicator devices are disinfected regularly and breath tests are carried out without any contact.

How is the safety of my health ensured during a breath testing operation?

Contactless indicator devices are used during the breath testing operations, which means that the person being tested has no physical contact with a foreign device. Officials carrying out the breath testing operations wear masks and gloves to minimise the risk of infection, and regularly disinfect the indicator devices. If desired, you can request a disposable mouthpiece for the testing.

What is used to disinfect the indicator device and how often is it done?

To clean the indicator device, Bacticid is sprayed on household paper, which is then used to wipe the surfaces of the instruments used every 15 minutes.

Does the “2+2” social distancing requirement apply to the officials of the Police and Border Guard Board during the breath testing operations?

The “2+2” requirement does not apply to an official performing public functions.

Do I have the right to refuse a breath test? What happens if I do?

Yes, you have the right to refuse a breath test, but in such a case, the possible alcohol intoxication must be established by means of an evidential breathalyser or an analysis of a blood sample. If a person refuses the checking by means of an evidential breathalyser, it is explained to him/her that in case of refusal, he/she will be taken to a healthcare facility where alcohol intoxication will be established by means of a blood sample (subsection 38 (4) of the Law Enforcement Act).