The Intoxilyzer 9000, manufactured by CMI Inc. of Kentucky, is now the Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s required testing machine. By the end of 2015, according to the Georgia Department of Public Safety’s website, the GBI’s Division of Forensic Sciences will no longer accept results from the current testing machine, the Intoxilyzer 5000.
Both BCSO and CPD will receive the needed $8,000 for the machine from a Governor’s Office of Highway Safety grant. BCSO Sgt. Jonathan Rogers said the grant was useful for law enforcement agencies when there is a deadline on purchasing equipment.
“[It is helpful] especially if something’s mandated and we have to upgrade within a certain amount of time. It’s not for something budgeted because it is an unknown and a new piece of equipment. We’re always looking at that to help us when one of those things come up,” Rogers said.
The Intoxilyzer 9000, according to a DOFS summary, has the accuracy and reliability of the older machine but improves upon it with a 7-inch color touchscreen, the ability to communicate with a central server and download information, among other features, and it is predicted to have better reliability.
However, neither agency has acquired the new machine, yet. BCSO expects to have it by mid-October, while CPD was only recently authorized to purchase the machine. The Cartersville City Council approved the purchase at its Sept. 5 meeting.
“We buy it, and then we get the grant,” said CPD Capt. Mark Camp.
The Intoxilyzer 5000, which the DOFS approved in 1994, is being phased out because technology and legal requirements have changed.
“While the Intoxilyzer 5000 produces reliable results, it does not have the capabilities necessary to meet the evolving legal and quality assurance demands of breath alcohol testing,” the DOFS summary stated.