Alcohol tests to be done on saliva

The Consejo de Seguridad Vial is in the process of selecting a firm to supply saliva test devices to fight drunk driving.

The Ministerio de Obras Públicas y Transportes agency plans to buy 4,195 of the devices that measure a driver’s use of alcohol. The Consejo said the devices would be much cheaper than the current policy to make blood tests on suspected drunk drivers.

The estimate of costs will be around 14 million colons or about $26,500.

The devices have the approval of the U.S. Department of Transportation.

The Consejo has a contract to test blood with the Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social that expires early next month.

Four firms are seeking the saliva test contract.

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