The Norwegian government has proposed a new border control measure that would allow customs officers in the border patrol to test motorists suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Customs officials welcome the move.
“The customs’ officers presence at border stations and their ability to monitor arriving motorists indicate that it would be wise to use that competence to strengthen control of drivers under the influence,” Transport Minister Jon-Ivar Nygård of the Labour Party told news bureau NTB.
Police currently have sole authority to carry out such controls, but they’re not always present at the border and welcome assistance. The proposal to expand authority to customs officers comes at the request of both the transport and justice ministries and was sent out to hearing this week.