The 2012 holiday season comes to a fever pitch tonight with revelers ringing
in the New Year. Thousands of Arizonians will take part in parties to
celebrate the end of the year as well as the promise of a new one. With
alcohol being a common part of New Years' Eve parties, it is a virtual
certainty that law enforcement agencies will be out in earnest to catch
Since Thanksgiving, we reported on how police agencies throughout the state
would have additional officers on the road to catch drunk drivers, and
how people should be vigilant about how much alcohol they consume while
out on the town. While some people may depend on a designated driver,
others may simply rely on self assessments and get behind the wheel while
However, breathalyzer kiosks may help revelers avoid the harsh penalties
that come with a
DUI conviction. They are machines that look like a common ATM, but they use
the same technology that police agencies use. For a small fee (usually
$2-$3), a person can have their breath tested to measure the level of
alcohol so that they can have a specific determination of whether they
are legally drunk.
The kiosks can be helpful for giving drivers a reasonable measure of their
BAC, and most are calibrated monthly to ensure their accuracy. (Calibration
of breathalyzer machines is an important issue in many drunk driving cases).
Nevertheless, the possibility remains that a test conducted by the police
may yield a different result.
Kiosk could keep potential drunk drivers off streets,December 24, 2012