Breathalysers introduced in nine York venues

The devices have been introduced to help combat drink-related problems in the city

Drinkers will now be breathalysed before being allowed to enter certain licensed venues in York.

Copyright: public domain (wikipedia)

Copyright: public domain (wikipedia)

Door staff at nine places have been given AlcoBlow devices to breathalyse people in attempt to reduce drink-related problems. Anyone found to have a reading of twice the drink drive limit will be denied entry to the venues.

However, not everyone will be breathalysed before being given permission to enter the nine venues. People will only be tested if staff suspect that they have had too much to drink.
The plans to begin breathalysing drinkers were revealed by Dave Jones, North Yorkshire’s Chief Constable, during a radio interview last year, and the AlcoBlow devices were trialled earlier this month.

Acting Inspector, Andy Godfrey, of York Safer Neighbourhood Team said: “So far, the devices have been well received by local licensees and we hope they will have a positive impact on York’s thriving nightlife.”

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