Video: Police BATmobile prowls for drunk drivers

The Forensic Tests for Alcohol branch of the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services has implemented mobile labs for on-scene processing of motorists suspected of drinking and driving in North Carolina.

The six Breath Alcohol Testing labs or BATmobiles are converted school busses that sport slogans like ‘Booze it and lose it’ and ‘.08 - It's the law.’ They are equipped with breath-testing equipment to determine a suspect’s blood alcohol content, a phone for suspects to call an attorney and a toilet. Being able to test for drunk driving from remote locations speeds up the process and allows law enforcement to test more motorists. It also allows for the testing of blood alcohol content at the time a motorist is suspected of driving drunk in North Carolina, rather than potentially hours later.


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