Contract glitch delays saliva testing

The transport ministry’s efforts to obtain testing devices for saliva to administer to suspected drunk drivers has been delayed. The Ministerio de Obras Públicas y Transportes said that an error has been found in one of the bid documents, and the entire process must be done again.

The ministry plans to purchase the devices from the United States, and there are three firms ready to submit bids.

In the meantime, the ministry said that it made arrangements with the Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social to continue doing blood tests for drunk driving suspects. The new request for bids is expected to be published in a few days, the ministry said.

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