Breath taking device takes over bars and restaurants in Columbus - WALB.com, South Georgia News, Weather, Sports

Breathalyzers take over bars and restaurants in Columbus

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -

A new device is placed in bars around Columbus that is designed to help partygoers test their blood alcohol level. News Leader 9's Sara Lim visited the Bootleggers Bar in downtown Columbus to see how well the bar breathalyzer works.

It's in seven different countries and many states in the United States might have similar item to this new breathalyzer that is taking over bars and restaurants in Columbus and its surrounding areas. However, this specific model is only available in Columbus through the state of Georgia.

"This gives people a chance to check their blood alcohol content before they leave the bar. Some may use it for entertainment, but others want to know whether or not they should drive or find other ways to go home," Ben Kiger, the owner of breathalyzer said.

The breathalyzer started a  few years ago, but was not used by many until this year. According to the Georgia Highway Safety report, the number of D.U.I accidents continues to drop each year. In addition, this machine may be another effort to help prevent D.U.I related accidents as well.

"These machines are actually law enforcement grade," Kiger explained. "I'm hoping that it helps cut down the drunken driving accidents. It seems to happen so often nowadays."

It only cost one dollar. Megan Evans, a bartender at Bootleggers Bar said she has been seeing numerous number of customers asking about the breathalyzers.

"I think these breathalyzers will help increase our sales and bring more people in," Evans said. "They can blow into the machine to check their blood alcohol content before they leave. People think it is funny. They love trying it out."

Copyright 2013 WTVM. All rights reserved.

  • More WALB News10 HeadlinesMore News HeadlinesMore>>

  • PetSmart holds national adoption weekend for pets

    PetSmart holds national adoption weekend for pets

    Monday, February 19 2018 12:33 AM EST2018-02-19 05:33:47 GMT
    Nearly 40 animals were adopted out over the weekend at Petsmart. (Source: WALB)Nearly 40 animals were adopted out over the weekend at Petsmart. (Source: WALB)

    Dozens of animals in Southwest Georgia are curled up in new homes tonight.  That's thanks to PetSmart's National Adoption Weekend. Saturday three different Humane Societies from South Georgia brought pets looking for new homes to the Albany PetSmart. 

    More >>

    Dozens of animals in Southwest Georgia are curled up in new homes tonight.  That's thanks to PetSmart's National Adoption Weekend. Saturday three different Humane Societies from South Georgia brought pets looking for new homes to the Albany PetSmart. 

    More >>
  • Black history program honors history maker

    Black history program honors history maker

    Sunday, February 18 2018 11:55 PM EST2018-02-19 04:55:08 GMT
    Major General Retired, Alfred Flowers is the longest serving airman in U.S. history. (Source: WALB)Major General Retired, Alfred Flowers is the longest serving airman in U.S. history. (Source: WALB)

    "I'm always honored but more importantly I'm humbled that folks would honor me for doing the nation's business," said Major General Retired, Alfred Flowers. History-maker Major General Retired Alfred Flowers has been in South Georgia this weekend. 

    More >>

    "I'm always honored but more importantly I'm humbled that folks would honor me for doing the nation's business," said Major General Retired, Alfred Flowers. History-maker Major General Retired Alfred Flowers has been in South Georgia this weekend. 

    More >>
  • South Georgia city honored with state recognition

    South Georgia city honored with state recognition

    Sunday, February 18 2018 11:35 PM EST2018-02-19 04:35:21 GMT
    The City of Tifton was one of 9 communities honored with this recognition. (Source: WALB)The City of Tifton was one of 9 communities honored with this recognition. (Source: WALB)

    The City of Tifton hopes a new honor will help boost its economy and quality of life. This month, the Georgia Department of Community Affairs recognized Tifton for successful planning.

    More >>

    The City of Tifton hopes a new honor will help boost its economy and quality of life. This month, the Georgia Department of Community Affairs recognized Tifton for successful planning.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly