2014-07-23 / For The Record

WPD gets $8,000 grant for Intoxilyzer

By Elizabeth Billips

The Intoxilyzer 9000 is said to be the most accurate available. The Intoxilyzer 9000 is said to be the most accurate available. Waynesboro motorists can breathe a little easier.

The Waynesboro Police Department just purchased an Intoxilyzer 9000, thanks to an $8,000 grant from the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety.

According to lab testing by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, the breathalyzer is the most accurate on the market.

Its new technology is also expected to eliminate a great deal of manual data input for officers. Among the improvements from the older models is a built-in scanner that reads information embedded in the barcode of a driver’s license and simultaneously downloads it into its database.

Waynesboro Police Chief Augustus Palmer III said the breathalyzer will be used in conjunction with the East Central Traffic Enforcement Network - a state program dedicated to making roadways safer through educational programs and “Rolling Thunder” roadblocks. WPD heads the program for the 28-agency network.

Lt. David Hannah, who is region coordinator for our ninecounty network, was instrumental in securing the grant.

According to Lt. Hannah, drivers will be seeing more Rolling Thunder road checks in Waynesboro as summer travels continue and traffic through town increases.

Each time one of the routine road-blocks is set up, police arrest a number of intoxicated, impaired and unlicensed drivers, including many from other cities and states.

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