Sheriff's Department Begins Using New Breathalyzer

By: Jeff Allen Email
By: Jeff Allen Email

You have no way of knowing if the drivers sharing the road with you are driving drunk.

But police do have ways of finding out and they say a new tool is going to make it a lot easier.

Someone is killed by a drunk driver on average about every 39 minutes.

Law enforcement officers try to do everything they can to stop it and now they have some extra help.

“We'll be able to wave it over a container of alcohol,” David Brock, Bell County Sheriff’s Department.

It's a breathalyzer, but more advanced.

It detects alcohol where officers might not be able to.

“If somebody's got alcohol in a Styrofoam cup, we'll be able to wave it over the container and it will show if there's alcohol in the container,” Brock said.

Officers with several police departments across eastern Kentucky were able to get the new breathalyzers through state grants.

Bill Rice says he's glad to see another tool that can be used to fight drunk drivers.

“It concerns me all the time, you don't know when they're going to come over and hit you,” Bill Rice said.

Bell County Sheriff’s Deputy David Brock says they'll not only help officers protect the public, but also their own lives.

The devices give their results from the front and not on the side like older breathalyzers.

“Because we'll be able to stand in front with our weapon off to the side and be able to read the field sobriety test without standing closer to the subject,” Brock said.

Protecting themselves is a vital step in protecting the public from drunk drivers.

Several police departments are already using the new breathalyzers, including the Bell County Sheriff’s Department, Knox County Sheriff's Department, and Williamsburg Police.


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  • by Concerned Location: Ky on Jul 24, 2008 at 06:41 AM
    I don't think alcohol is as bad a problem as driving under the influence of drugs. I am waiting for them to find something to detect drugs. I would be willing to bet that those accidents involving alcohol also have drugs in their systems. There have been so many accidents in our county where drugs caused the accident and charges have never been filed. When will that change????
  • by Mamaw Location: Floyd Co. Ky on Jul 24, 2008 at 06:38 AM
    This is great news , I am excided that technology is improving the safety of those who travel and those who work and endanger their lives to help keep us safe while traveling. I hope that in the near future there will also be a device that will detect people who are driving under the influience of drugs as well.
  • by me Location: kentucky on Jul 24, 2008 at 05:48 AM
    Wonderful... Always glad to see new technology... However, it seems from recent and past news reports that maybe the officers themselves need to use this new tool before driving as well. It is not only plain citizens out there that is breaking the law. The police force and special task forces break them all the time but seem to be above the law they are sworn to uphold!
  • by Bill on Jul 24, 2008 at 05:09 AM
    Worry not Kentucky,the police here are far more worried about protecting them self, then the public.Its the reason they carry cannons.Talk mean to all,and arrest people for nothing,or some made up charge.
  • by BLACKSHEEP Location: EVERYWHERE on Jul 24, 2008 at 04:47 AM
    WHY WORRY ABOUT DRUNK DRIVERS, YOU ALL NEED TO WORRY ABOUT THE ONES ALL DRUGED OUT!!! DRINKING AND DRIVING IS A THING OF THE PAST, NOW ITS BEING "HIGH" ON EVERYTHING FROM SPRAY PAINT TO OXY. NOW THE GOV NEEDS TO COME UP WITH SOMETHING TO SHOW DRIVERS "HIGH" ON DRUGS.

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