Breathalyzer vending machines come to Amarillo - KFDA - NewsChannel 10 / Amarillo News, Weather, Sports

Breathalyzer vending machines come to Amarillo

Amarillo, TX - A new type of vending machine is now appearing in some local bars across Amarillo.

For two dollars, bar patrons can blow into a machine that will measure their blood alcohol content level.

Dave Melton, the owner of the Boozelator machine, said his main goal is awareness. "All we're trying to do is raise awareness about drinking and driving. For someone who uses the machine, there are other people looking and observing what's going on. Therefore, maybe in the back of their mind they're saying maybe I should call a friend or maybe I should call a cab. That's our primary objective."
But your BAC level on the machine doesn't guarantee you a free DUI pass on the street. "We don't want to give people a false sense of security," said Corporal Jerry Neufeld with the Amarillo Police Department. "If they've had a few drinks and they blow into that breathalyzer, it may only show a 0.05 BAC level. The legal limit in the state of Texas is 0.08 so they think they can still go out and drive. If they're weaving all over the road and they're causing accidents, they can still be arrested for a DUI even though they're not at that 0.08."

The results of the machine are only seen by patrons of the bar. "There is no print out of the result, there is no recording of the result, and there is no liability on the manufacturer, the merchant, or myself," said Melton. "And there is certainly no liability for the patrons who choose to test themselves."

Local bartender Tammy Morgan said she's seen some patrons turn the machine into a game. "It's like a game to some of them to guess to see how much they've had and if it's enough. But mostly I've seen they've had someone to drive them home, and that's why they use it."

Melton said that's exactly the point of the machine. Right now, there are five machines in Amarillo and about 50 machines across the state.

Madison Alewel - NewsChannel 10

  • Breathalyzer vending machines come to AmarilloMore>>

  • Madison Alewel

    Madison Alewel

    Madison anchors the 4, 6, 9 and 10 p.m. newscasts. She joined NewsChannel10 as a reporter in October 2013.

    Madison anchors the 4, 6, 9 and 10 p.m. newscasts. She joined NewsChannel10 as a reporter in October 2013.

  • Today's Local News HeadlinesToday's Local NewsMore>>

  • Roberts Co. fire burns 60,000 acres

    Roberts Co. fire burns 60,000 acres

    Friday, March 24 2017 12:53 AM EDT2017-03-24 04:53:20 GMT
    A large fire near Miami in Roberts County has burned 60,000 acres, according to the Texas A&M Forest Service. Multiple agencies are currently on scene battling the fire / Source: KFDAA large fire near Miami in Roberts County has burned 60,000 acres, according to the Texas A&M Forest Service. Multiple agencies are currently on scene battling the fire / Source: KFDA

    The Texas A&M Forest Service said 60,000 acres have burned in the Rankin Ranch Road Fire, a large blaze burning near Miami in Roberts County.

    The Texas A&M Forest Service said 60,000 acres have burned in the Rankin Ranch Road Fire, a large blaze burning near Miami in Roberts County.

  • Producers focus on long-term recovery following wildfires

    Producers focus on long-term recovery following wildfires

    Thursday, March 23 2017 11:25 PM EDT2017-03-24 03:25:26 GMT

    Area producers are beginning to focus on long-term recovery plans after wildfires devastated more than 480,000 acres across the Texas Panhandle earlier this month.

    Area producers are beginning to focus on long-term recovery plans after wildfires devastated 480,000 acres across the Texas Panhandle earlier this month.    

  • Oldham Co. fire is 75 percent contained

    Oldham Co. fire is 75 percent contained

    Thursday, March 23 2017 10:00 PM EDT2017-03-24 02:00:02 GMT

    The Texas A&M Forest Service and several other departments are responding to a fire in Oldham County, about ten miles north of Vega.

    The Texas A&M Forest Service and several other departments are responding to a fire in Oldham County, about ten miles north of Vega.

Powered by Frankly