Troopers To Debut Blood-Alcohol Devices In Ohio

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Batavia, Ohio (AP) -- The Ohio Highway Patrol and local law enforcement officers are ready to debut a new device for testing suspected drunk drivers.

They plan to use a portable version of the Intoxilyzer 8000 at a dui checkpoint Saturday night near the Cincinnati suburb of Batavia.

The 17-pound device analyzes a driver's breath for alcohol.

The state's Health and Public Safety Departments are giving about 700 of the machines to law enforcement agencies across the state by the end of 2009.

Ohio is spending $6.4 million for the devices.

Some lawyers have questioned the device's accuracy.

Owensboro, Ky.-based CMI Inc. Says its Intoxilyzer 8000 machine is being used in about 10 states and is reliable.

(Copyright 2009 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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