(ATLANTA) – The Georgia Department of Public Safety has been awarded a grant to receive an Intoxilyzer 9000 for the 2015 grant year by the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety (GOHS). This year’s award was $8,400.
The Intoxilyzer 9000, manufactured by CMI Inc., is used for breath testing during DUI investigations and measures alcohol concentrations in breath samples. The previous Intoxilyzer model, while still functionally sound, is being phased out statewide and all units will be replaced by December 31, 2015.
“Equipping our law enforcement partners with the most advanced technology is essential in the fight against drunk driving in Georgia,” said GOHS Director Harris Blackwood. “This grant will help the Georgia Department of Public Safety continue its already dedicated effort to get impaired drivers off the road and in jail.”
Agency requirements for the Intoxilyzer 9000 grant include participating in regional traffic enforcement network meetings; participating in GOHS enforcement campaigns such as Click It or Ticket, Operation Zero Tolerance and 100 Days of Summer H.E.A.T; and reporting monthly enforcement data to GOHS.
“It is not uncommon for law enforcement officers to encounter an impaired driver. The new Intoxilyzer grant will help our agency continue its mission to remove impaired drivers from the roads before they can cause a crash,” said Colonel Mark W. McDonough, Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Public Safety. “This new technology is a benefit to both agencies as we work together to deter impaired driving in Georgia,” he added.
As law enforcement partners in the Operation Zero Tolerance DUI campaign, the Georgia Department of Public Safety will also conduct mobilizations throughout the year in coordination with GOHS’s year-round waves of high visibility patrols, multi-jurisdictional road checks and sobriety checkpoints.