In a continuing effort to combat the growing problem of driving under the influence of alcohol, the California Highway Patrol (CHP) is evaluating a new tool designed to be used in the field to sample the breath of a suspected drunk driver. The Preliminary Alcohol Screening (PAS) device, about the size of a deck of cards, can measure an individual's blood-alcohol level at the time of the stop. The breath sample is gathered by having the individual blow into a small tube attached to the portable hand-held unit. In seconds, a digital readout accurately tells the officer the person's blood-alcohol level. The PAS devices will be dispersed throughout the state and used in a one-year evaluation program. Initially, 815 of the devices are being distributed, but the ultimate goal is for every CHP unit on the road to be equipped with the breath analyzer.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Tornatore (Ralph)

    P.O. Box 161209
    Sacramento, CA  United States  95816
  • Authors:
    • Ward, R
    • Kahn, J
  • Publication Date: 1989-12

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  • Accession Number: 00608532
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
  • Report/Paper Numbers: HS-040 765
  • Files: HSL, USDOT
  • Created Date: May 31 1991 12:00AM