Oct 22, 2014 0
Police in New Zealand have begun deploying advanced roadside technology called the Booze Bus Biometrics (BBB) system to better identify drunk drivers.
According to Police Minister Michael Woodhouse, “The BBB system will enable police to confirm, within minutes, the identities of people in the system that they intend to charge with drink-driving offences by electronically scanning fingerprints, taking digital photographs and comparing the data to existing police records.”
The stated purpose of this new tool is to aid in identifying high-risk drivers and recidivist drunk drivers at the roadside so that police will be able to respond quickly and appropriately to the circumstances, and to ensure alleged offenders are charged appropriately from the outset.
Following a trial of the BBB system in Wellington earlier this year, the new technology is set to be installed in all 21 of the police’s booze buses by the end of November.
Under the new biometrics system police claim that will only able to keep the data they collect if an offender is convicted.
However, with new police capabilities comes the risk of abuse. Due to the ease of use of this new technology police may use it to unnecessarily intrude on the privacy of more innocent drivers than before in their mission to catch drunk drivers.
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