An Ohio police department has rolled out a new tool to combat drunken driving ahead of St. Patrick's Day.
The Columbus Division of Police DUI Interceptor is a mobile breathalyzer that began patrolling Wednesday, WSYX-TV reports. The department intends to deploy the unit to traffic stops in which officers suspect a driver to be under the influence.
Instead of transporting drivers to a station, the DUI Interceptor allows breath tests to be administered at the scene. The hope is that this assistance with processing DUI stops will free up officers to handle other calls.
“Our aim is always to promote safe, sober driving,” said Sgt. Adam Barton. “The publicity around this program and the visibility of the vehicle are meant to make people think twice about driving after they’ve been drinking, knowing that if they do drive impaired, they will be charged."