Rockmart police get new Intoxilyzer
Rockmart Police Chief Keith Sorrells smiles when he talks about a new Intoxilyzer or devise used for breath alcohol measurement.
He was busy unpacking it as he discussed the fact that installation would be complete soon. Sorrells later gave a demonstration on the equipment and revealed how it was funded.
He said the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) mandated that the department phase out the 5000 model and replace it with a newer version or the 9000 by 2015. The $8,000 cost was provided with a grant from the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety.
“We applied for and was awarded the grant provided we participate in safety campaigns with other agencies such as Zero Tolerance and Click It or Ticket,” Sorrells said.
To date, four of the Rockmart police officers have been trained to use the new Intoxilyzer. The remainder will be trained in the coming weeks.
The one-day training session, held in Forsyth, is designed to hone skills of officers in the latest technology available when there is probable cause to give an alcohol breath test.
“It is a public safety issue,” Sorrells said. “We do not want impaired drivers on our streets or highways.”
Although there is a new guy (device) in town, the old one will be kept as a back up, according to the police chief.
Chief Keith Sorrells shows a new Intoxilyzer at the Rockmart Police Department, which was purchased with grant funds.