Drunk Driving Crackdown

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Called the Intoxilyzer 8000, this new system is much like the one already used in Mississippi to test drivers for possible intoxication. The major change is that with this one, it helps close the gaps and loose ends which have led to law enforcement sometimes loosing many DUI cases in court.

"In the past on the Intoxilyzer 5000, all of the additional paperwork had to be printed by hand and some of it was not legible," says SSgt. Roger Blackmon with the Mississippi Highway Patrol. "The Intoxilyzer 8000 has a printer and all the forms needed for court and statistical purposes are printed through the printer."

"It also gives an opportunity for the subject to get two samples to make sure the sample is an accurate sample," says Assistant Chief Keith McCary with the Meridian Police Department.

First, the system works by the simple swipe of driver's license.

"The new driver's license in Mississippi, if you look on the back, have got a scan and a black stripe. All of the information that's on the front of this card can be read off the bar code scan or the black stripe, just like an ATM card or credit card or anything," says Maury Phillips, who is a forensic science session chief.

"When you through running a good test with the 5000 you end up with between 20 and 30 minutes of paperwork. When you get through with the test which in approximately 10 minutes the instrument prints all the forms you need," says SSgt. Blackmon.

It not only prints the quicker, but it's also easier to read, something which officers anticipate will help them in court.

More than half of the law enforcement officials in Mississippi are already certified to operate the system. All officers in the state are set to be certified on the new system by July 1, when it’s set to officially be put into use statewide.