County crime lab receives grant for new breathalyzers

Almost 4,000 officers will be trained to use devices

The Contra Costa County Sheriff's Office announced last week that its crime lab received a $324,000 grant to buy new breathalyzers.

The money will come from the California Office of Traffic Safety.

The money will be used to buy 24 new breathalyzers, which will replace the ones currently in use by the law enforcement agencies in the county, sheriff's officials said.

The officials said the new equipment will ensure the highest quality of analyses in DUI cases.

About 4,000 law enforcement personnel will be trained to use the new breathalyzers. Sheriff's officials said the rollout of the breathalyzers and the training of the personnel will take about one year.

-- Bay City News Service

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Posted by Resident
a resident of Alamo
on Oct 11, 2016 at 8:44 am

In today's world driving under the influence of marijuana and prescription drugs seems to present more of a problem. While drinking and driving is indeed a threat to everyone around it is also a threat for those using other substances. I would much prefer putting that money towards figuring out how to deal with testing for the other substances. I myself have known quiet a few people to walk away from a car accident while being on prescription drugs with no consequences. You don't need a breathalyzer to know if someone has been drinking, it's usually pretty obvious, while the other ones make it harder to pin point and prove.

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Posted by Patty
a resident of Danville
on Oct 11, 2016 at 10:53 am

Very good point! There are officers trained as Drug Recognition Experts which helps them identify not only alcohol impairment but also other drugs. I support asking for money to train more officers. The new breathalyzers are still important, most times impaired drivers are under the influence of alcohol as well and the breathalyzer will get them to the station where blood tests can be done. It's always good to have the state of the art technology.

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