The new AlcoSense Lite 2
The new AlcoSense Lite 2

Following on from the 2018 launch in Ireland of the AlcoSense Excel breathalyser, the company has launched the new AlcoSense Lite 2 Personal Breathalyser.

Over 1,000 arrests for drink driving were made over the Christmas period last year, and the new laws which came into effect over a year ago mean that first-time drink-driving offenders will be automatically banned from driving for three months if caught with between 50 – 80 milligrams of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood (mg/100mL BAC) – equivalent to 0.22 – 0.35 milligrams of alcohol per litre of breath (mg/L BrAC). Previously, drivers caught at these levels received three penalty points and a fine – but no driving ban.

Designed in the UK by racing driver and businessman Hunter Abbott, the AlcoSense Lite 2 digital personal breathalyser gives clear results in seconds.

To take a reading, you turn the unit on, wait for it to count down to zero, then blow until it beeps (about 6 seconds).

According to AlcoSense, the new Lite 2 brings increased levels of reliability and precision thanks to an upgraded sensor, sampling system and simplified operation. Using the company’s latest semi-conductor sensor technology, it boasts an industry-leading accuracy in this price bracket of +/-0.20‰ BAC.

It has an adjustable warning system that features a ‘Don’t Drive’ alert, both on screen and audibly.

The life of the Lite 2 breathalyser is extended by a cleaning system that removes oxidisation and contaminants from the sensor.

The pocket-sized AlcoSense Lite 2 is priced at €53.99 and available from Halfords or online at