The Dalton Police Department recently
received a new breath testing machine purchased with an $8,000 grant from the
Governor’s Office of Highway Safety (GOHS).
The department received the grant in April to purchase the Intoxilyzer
9000 which will replace the agency’s Intoxilyzer 5000 model which has been in
service since the mid-1990’s.
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation
approved the Intoxilyzer 9000, manufactured by CMI, Inc., for use as the
state’s new standard breath testing device in January 2013. The state will be phasing out use of the
Intoxilyzer 5000 by December 2015.
The GOHS grant was awarded to the
Dalton Police Department in recognition of the agency’s active participation in
the MATEN II (Mountain Area Traffic Enforcement Network II). The network includes agencies from Whitfield,
Dade, Walker, Catoosa, Murray, Chattooga, Gordon, Floyd, Bartow and Polk
Counties. To be eligible to receive the grant, agencies must attend monthly
MATEN II meetings, conduct road checks in the agency’s jurisdiction, and also
report monthly traffic statistics to the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety.
Officers from the Dalton Police
Department’s Traffic Unit will be attending training classes soon to become
certified to use the new device.
Below: Officer Woody Cantrell from the DPD's Traffic Unit examines a component of the new Intoxilyzer 9000