By Nathaniel R. Melican
This time, traffic enforcers are at the receiving end of a portable device to test for drunkenness while on duty.
"We will use a breath analyzer to test if they are really drunk," Francis Tolentino, chairman of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA), told reporters Wednesday.
MMDA traffic personnel have been using breath analyzers or "breathalyzers" when checking the blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of suspected drunk drivers through breath samples. The extent of their use, however, is not immediately known.
Normal BAC reading does not go beyond 0.05.
Starting today, traffic enforcers will be tested for drunkenness during their usual time-in and time-out routines at the MMDA headquarters on Edsa in Makati City, according to Tolentino. The agency has some 2,500 traffic enforcers.