Police import 40,000 balloons
The Police Department announced they have imported 40,000 balloons
for the breathalyzer test to determine the alcohol levels of persons to
clamp down on drunk drivers during the Sinhala and Hindu New Year
Ealier, there had been a shortage of these balloons used for
While the Police take action against nearly 35,000 persons annually
for driving under the influence of liquor, the shortage of balloons had
prevented the Police from taking action against many drunk drivers.
Traffic Branch DIG Amarasiri Senaratne said the 40,000 balloons are
to be distributed among islandwide Police stations and that a sample
balloon has already been sent to the Government Analyst for tests.
Police personnel attached to the traffic branches in Police stations
islandwide have been instructed to ensure a minimum number of road
accidents during the festive season.