The Broken Bow Police Department has received six hand-held alcohol breath testing units through a traffic safety grant award. The units, valued at $350 each, were provided by the Nebraska Office of Highway Safety as part of the state's ongoing effort to prevent underage drinking and alcohol related traffic crashes, injuries and fatalities.
According to Highway Safety Administrator Fred Zwonechek, "The Broken Bow Police Department was awarded the new instruments to assist their personnel in identifying potential minor in possession, minor 0.2 driving, and driving under the influence violators."
The portable units display a digital reading of the blood alcohol level from a suspect's breath sample. "These instruments provide the latest technology in preliminary breath testing."