Posted on Nov 06, 2013

Far too many Roswell DUI victims are injured or killed every year because people get behind the wheels of their vehicles impaired. Although Georgia police officers are proactive in detecting, stopping, and arresting drunk drivers—removing them from the streets—there are still some that get away.

One of the reasons impaired drivers aren’t always caught is due to lack of funds. However, the city of Roswell recently received a DUI enforcement grant to purchase an upgraded breathalyzer machine. According to the Georgia Governor’s Office of Highway Safety (GOHS) in Atlanta, the Roswell Police Department received the Georgia Highway Safety funds of $8,000.

The money will be used to purchase a new Intoxilyzer 9000, which will replace the Intoxilyzer 5000. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation has chosen this device after a thorough evaluation, and has developed a five-year plan to train officers on the new equipment and transition from the older model to the Intoxilyzer 9000.

A partner in the Operation Zero Tolerance DUI initiatives, the Roswell Police Department conducts sobriety checkpoints, road checks, and high-visibility concentrated patrols to reduce the amount of impaired drivers on the roads. This new grant will help the police department continue their efforts of combating injuries and deaths as a result of Georgia drunk driving crashes.

Hopefully, with better technology, more impaired drivers will be arrested and taken off the roads. As a result, there should be fewer DUI victims in Roswell—a major part of this statewide goal.

Roswell DUI victim attorney Shane Smith is glad to hear that Roswell police will be using this new breath alcohol testing instrument, and is hopeful more drunk drivers will be removed from our roads.

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