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Grant to go toward alcohol screening
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Forsyth County News

The Governor’s Office of Highway Safety has awarded the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office with an $8,000 grant for an updated alcohol screening device.

The grant will go towards the purchase of an Intoxilyzer 9000, which is used in Georgia to analyze alcohol in breath samples.

According to a news release from the sheriff’s office, the new device will “help accomplish our goal to increase the impaired driver apprehension rate.”

“Forsyth County Sheriff's Office is a committed member of the GOHS Traffic Enforcement Network, dedicated to protecting our citizens from drunk drivers,” the release states. “Impaired driving is no accident and DUI is not a victimless crime.”

The Intoxilyzer 9000 will replace the existing model 5000, according to a report from the county grants manager.

“A growing number of criminal court cases are requesting large volumes of electronic test information that the Intoxilyzer 5000 does not have the ability to provide,” the report states. “This has led to an increase in the number of courtroom challenges to the Intoxilyzer 5000’s reliability.”