The Governor’s Office of Highway Safety has announced the Rockdale County Sheriff’s Office as one of 10 law enforcement agencies in Georgia to receive an Intoxilyzer 9000 grant worth $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 Dec. 31, 2015.
Over the last three years, GOHS has awarded more than 100 grants to agencies to purchase the Intoxilyzer 9000.
“Equipping our law enforcement partners with the most advanced technology available is essential in the fight against drunk driving in Georgia,” said GOHS Director Harris Blackwood. “This grant will help the Rockdale County Sheriff’s Office 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.
“I am very excited about the RCSO being awarded this grant” said Rockdale Sheriff Eric Levett. “This grant will help relieve the financial burden on the RCSO of having to replace the older and soon to be outdated Intoxilyzer 5000. This grant will allow us to acquire the newer Intoxilyzer 9000 to help provide the crucial breath test results that are required for prosecution of DUI cases. This Intoxilyzer is not only beneficial to the RCSO but also the Conyers Police Department and the Georgia State Patrol as they also use the Intoxilyzer’s at the RCSO jail for prosecution of their cases.”
As law enforcement partners in the Operation Zero Tolerance DUI campaign, the Rockdale County Sheriff’s office will also conduct mobilizations throughout the year in coordination with GOHS’s year-round waves of high visibility patrols, multi-jurisdictional traffic checkpoints and sobriety checkpoints.