Trawling the Select Committee websites I have come across this from the Transport Select Committee, chaired by Louise Ellman, Labour Co-operative Member of Parliament for Liverpool Riverside.
"We are also calling for the police to be given an additional power to require preliminary breath tests as part of any designated drink drive enforcement operation. We do believe enforcement of drink drive law in Great Britain must become much more visible, frequent, sustained and well-publicised."
Presently one of the excuses that the police have for requesting a breath test is if they believe the person has alcohol in their body. It seems odd therefore that the law is not rigidly enforced when considering any car leaving the Palace of Westminster. Knowing that there exists in those confines, areas where alcohol is served (and at lower prices), it must be logical that the police have reasonable grounds to suspect those individuals may well have alcohol in their bodies. If the enforcement of drink drive law in Britain is to become much more visible, frequent and sustained, one can but hope that in fairness it is applied to everyone!
Another worrying aspect of such a suggestion is, where does it stop? Do the police then get the power to carry out a sustained campaign against those who drive without licences? Do the police then also get the power to stop any motorist in the belief they are an illegal immigrant? How long before the police have the power to stop anyone, motorist or pedestrian, with the request: "Papers please"?