WARNER ROBINS -- The Houston County Sheriffs Office is using an $8,000 state grant to purchase a CMI Intoxilyzer 9000.
The machine measures alcohol in the breath of suspected drunken drivers.
The county has already purchased one CMI Intoxilyzer 9000, the latest model available from the manufacturer, said sheriffs Lt. Clay Chambers.
The grant from the Georgia Governors Office of Highway Safety enables the placement of the machines at two key locations, he said.
One will be placed at the sheriffs office in Warner Robins and at the Houston County jail in Perry, Chambers said.
The new machines replace the Intoxilyzer 5000. It has improved record-keeping capabilities, according to a GBI fact sheet.
The GBI selected the Intoxilyzer 9000 for agencies statewide, Chambers said.
The old 5000 model is expected to be phased out of service by the end of 2015, he said.
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