NBCRightNow.com - Washington State Patrol is getting ready to roll out a new high-tech breathalyzer instrument that will change the way troopers process DUI's.
The new instrument will replace the 1985 breath test version that only uses infrared energy. The new breathalyzer uses infrared as well as fuel cell energy to analyze breath samples. Troopers say the best feature is that it operates on windows based software.
"The availability of when it needs to be serviced, it will send me an email. Lets say the equipment is out in Clarkston, I'll get that email at my desk here in Kennewick and some of those functions I can actually maintain and service remotely from here in Kennewick. So that would save time from driving out to Clarkston and back,"
That time saved by troopers will translate into money saved for taxpayers. Destito says they hope to start using the new instrument out in the field within the year.