A CLEVELAND breathalyser company is preparing to trial a world-first all-in-one alcohol and drug testing device.
Alcolizer has partnered with Britain's Oxtox to develop the technology, which has detachable clips to provide both alcohol breath testing and drug testing.
Current roadside drug testing must be performed by specially trained officers and takes between three and five minutes.
The Alcolizer ADU (Alcohol and Drug Unit) takes a saliva sample and returns a reading within 30 seconds.
It is expected to be trialled by several Australian police forces in the first quarter of next year.
Alcolizer chief executive Gary Johnson said the device would help streamline drug testing in Australia.
"Drugs are becoming a bigger problem than alcohol on the roads and so there needs to be a better way of monitoring it," he said.
"The Alcolizer ADU can detect traces of cannabis and varieties of amphetamine."
Alcolizer has quietly built an international reputation in the breathalyser industry since it started out of a Cleveland garage 23 years ago.
The company is now Australia's leading alcohol breath testing manufacturer and provides its products to police in NSW, South Australia, the Northern Territory, as well as law enforcement agencies in Singapore and Vietnam.
Many Australian companies also use the products to assist with workplace health and safety procedures.
Mr Johnson said Alcolizer was hoping to start a consultative education program about the risks of drink driving.
Redlands RSL has already agreed to install an Alcolizer instrument to promote the responsible consumption of alcohol.
"We're hoping to donate breathalysers to local clubs and work with police to change people's drinking habits," he said.
"The cost of every person killed through a drink driving-related death is estimated at about $1 million."