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Alco-gate: New boom fence will force drivers to pass a breath test before allowing them to leave the car park

Daily Mail logo Daily Mail 27/12/2018 Adam Mccleery For Daily Mail Australia
a man wearing a blue hat: Drivers will be forced to pass a breathalyser test before being allowed to exit shopping centre car parks under a new anti-drink driving initiative  © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Drivers will be forced to pass a breathalyser test before being allowed to exit shopping centre car parks under a new anti-drink driving initiative 

Drivers will be forced to pass a breathalyser test before being allowed to exit shopping centre car parks under a new anti-drink driving initiative.   

The new technology, which was first trialled in Sweden, is aimed at reducing the number of fatalities on the roads, The Herald Sun reported. 

If a driver's blood alcohol level exceeds the .05 limit the gate will lock, trapping them within the car park.  

The alco-gate will be installed at a licensed premises in Melbourne with more than 500 parking spaces in March. 

If the Australian trial is successful, the technology could be installed at a number of venues. 

Despite optimistic outlooks, there are still some flaws that need to be ironed out, including how the alco-gate would identify P and L plate drivers who are required to have a BAL of 0.00. 

The new technology is part of the Victorian Government's $1.1 billion Towards Zero Road Safety and Action Plan, which is aimed at reducing the state's road toll to below 200 a year by 2020.  

TAC road safety technical manager Samantha Buckis said technologies like alco-gates have the potential to reduce drink driving-related fatalities and injuries.

'Drink driving remains one of the biggest killers on our roads and this trial is about looking at technology that could prevent people from paying for their mistakes with their lives,' she said.

'The vast majority of Victorians find drink driving totally unacceptable and these technologies can deter that tiny percentage of people who continue to take their chances, risking their lives or the lives of others in the community,' she said. 

Ms Buckis said alco-gates were just one example of how technology can save lives.

a person sticking the tongue out and taking a selfie in a car: The technology was first trialled in Sweden and requires all drivers to perform a breath test at the gate before being allowed to drive away © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited The technology was first trialled in Sweden and requires all drivers to perform a breath test at the gate before being allowed to drive away

'The Action Plan ensures Victoria is among the world's leaders in its exploration of new and emerging technologies and their potential to reduce road trauma,' she said. 

Other technologies being trialled under the Towards Zero plan include a world first roadside fatigue test, a connected vehicles trial, automated vehicles and passive alcohol sensors.

'Road safety technologies have advanced considerably in recent years and the new Towards Zero strategy ensures that Victorians will be able to reap the benefits of these improvements,' Ms Buckis said.   

The Swedish facility had an alarm system installed for those who blew over the limit or took to long to administer a breath test and results found it was successful in curving drink driving but not drug driving. 

a group of people walking down a street: The Swedish facility had an alarm system installed for those who blew over the limit or took to long to administer a breath test and results found that it was successful in curving drink driving but not drug driving and trafficking © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited The Swedish facility had an alarm system installed for those who blew over the limit or took to long to administer a breath test and results found that it was successful in curving drink driving but not drug driving and trafficking

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