Introducing the Intoxilyzer 8000: Drunk Drivers Beware

It's a new, fully mobile evidential breathing test unit. If you drink, then drive and get caught, you probably won't beat the Intoxilyzer 8000.

It looks sort of like an old, oversized lunch box, but this is the latest technology in breath testing.

Laura Barfield of the FDLE Alcohol Testing Program says, "The Intoxilyzer 8000 will be used to analyze breath samples for evidentiary purposes for DUI cases, BUI cases."

MAJ Ed Spooner with FDLE says, "It's a very accurate, more advanced instrument than what we've had in the past. I think it provides better samples; you'll see less challenges."

Agent Spooner is talking about "less challenges" in the courtroom.

FDLE says there are more court cases in Florida related to drunk driving with the accused challenging the breathalyzer tests than anything else, but the Intoxilyzer 8000 could change all that.

Laura Barfield explains, "It has a control test, it validates or verifies the equipment before the subject provides a sample. It also does a diagnostic to make sure it's working properly before a subject provides a sample."

And the same tests are done again after the subject blows into the tube.

OFC Daniel Buie of the Tallahassee Police Department says, "This instrument, the Intoxilyzer 8000, is a big step forward in the DUI breath testing field."

DEP Andy Dawson with the Leon County Sheriff's Office also says, "The Intoxilyzer 8000 seems to be a fantastic tool. It's going to enable us to do testing in the field in a more mobile capacity."

FDLE says those who want to see a safer Florida are going to love this new tool, but those who want to drink and drive are going to have a problem.

The plan is to have the Intoxilyzer 8000 available to authorities by July 1.


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