Police to investigate new drink-driving tests The police will look into adopting new drink-driving detection tools after the Audit Commission found the time for a full test takes much longer than the ideal 20 minutes. Officers must take a drink-driving suspect to the station for a second breath test if the driver failed the initial test at the scene. The ideal interval between the two tests is less than 20 minutes, otherwise the blood-alcohol level in the body may fall to below the legal limit. The average interval is now about 50 minutes. Review of restaurant inspections urged The Food and Environmental Hygiene Department has been urged to review its routine inspection and enforcement operations in the face of a rising number of food-poisoning cases. The commission found the time spent on routine inspections was below department standards. In some cases, officers spent only five minutes to complete restaurant checks, but the recommended time is 50 minutes. Frequency of inspections fell by 40 per cent, though the number of licensed food premises inspected rose by 15 per cent to 20,229 from 2,000 to last year. It also found 21 food premises abusing loopholes in the provisional licensing system, with restaurants running for more than a year when only allowed to operate for six months. Viability of underused, costly piers questioned The cost of maintaining hundreds of public piers and landings has risen by 789 per cent to $108.5 million in the past decade. The most expensive pier in maintenance is the 47-year-old Tsim Sha Tsui ferry pier, which costs $3.9 million. However, other piers are chronically underused, such as the three in Kennedy Town, which cost more than $800,000 to maintain. The auditor suggested that the future use of underused piers should be examined before any extensive and expensive work is carried out. $92m unpaid fines prompt call for new watch list With unpaid fines of $92.6 million, commission director Benjamin Tang Kwok-bun has urged police to extend their watch lists at border checkpoints to include defaulters. Police Commissioner Dick Lee Ming-kwai said police would work out an appropriate strategy to target 'only serious cases'.