City of Thomasville Release
The Thomasville Police Department was awarded an $8000.00 grant from the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety (GOHS). The grant was awarded to agencies within the State of Georgia that were involved in the support of GOHS initiatives, online enforcement reporting and participation in traffic enforcement networks.
The State of Georgia in 2012 passed legislation that required all Law Enforcement Agencies to upgrade their current Intoxilyzer 5000 machines to Intoxilyzer 9000 by the end of 2015. Intoxilyzer 5000 machines are the only current state approved machines that departments use to run breath alcohol tests for impaired drivers to make the determination if they are driving under the influence.
The reason for the overhaul is the aging fleet of Intoxilyzer 5000’s. These machines are either dying out or being phased out. According to a paper released by the GBI in January 2012, of the 503 old Intoxilyzer 5000 machines currently in service in Georgia, the average age of the machine is 9.5 years. Often times, when these machines break down, there is no way of repairing them and that means that agencies have to use other testing methods that come with much higher costs in order to get convictions.
With our agency winning this grant, we have saved our city and its’ citizens $8000.00. This money can now be utilized for other projects.