Sheriff’s Department armed with new alcohol breath testers
By Carolyn Lee
The Imperial Republican
All four members of the Chase County Sheriff’s Department have been armed with new hand held alcohol breath testing units through a traffic safety grant award.
The four units, valued at $285 each, were provided by the Nebraska Office of Highway Safety.
The units replace ones used by the department for the past 10 years.
Sheriff Kevin Mueller said the new units are more user-friendly. They also have an attachment that allows an officer to make multiple tests, such as at Prom, that show a “pass/fail” notice.
In the past, a tube had to be replaced every time a test was run, making multiple testings more difficult, Mueller said.
The portable units display a digital reading of the blood alcohol level from a suspect’s breath sample.
The units were provided as part of the state’s ongoing effort to prevent underage drinking and alcohol-related traffic crashes, injuries and fatalities.
According to Highway Safety Administrator Fred Zwonechek, “The Chase County Sheriff’s Office was awarded the new instruments to assist their personnel in identifying potential minor in possession, minor .02 driving and driving under the influence violators.”
These instruments provide the latest technology in preliminary breath testing, Zwonechek stated.