Grant will buy new breathalyzers for Sheriff's Office

The San Luis County Sheriff’s Office announced that it has received a grant for $226,309 that will be used to try to reduce the number of injuries and deaths from DUI accidents.

The grant will pay for 40 new breathalyzers, called AlcoSensorV Portable Evidentiary Breath Test Devices; distribution of the devices and training to 12 law enforcement agencies in the county; and software for monitoring accuracy, calibration and results of the devices.

The devices can be used to collect breath samples from drivers either at the site of an arrest or at a law enforcement station. The results are accurate enough that they can be used as evidence in court, according to a Sheriff’s Office news release.

DUI deaths account for 30 percent of all traffic fatalities, according to the release.

Funding for the program came from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.