By: Staff Reports | Gwinnett Citizen

SPD awarded grant from Governor’s Office of Highway Safety

SNELLVILLE – The city’s police department has another tool in the fight to keep local roads safe after it was awarded a grant from the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety.

The Snellville Police Department was awarded an $8,000 grant to purchase the new CMI Intoxilyzer 9000, which is used to test driving under the influence suspects.

The CMI Intoxilyzer 9000 was selected by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Division of Forensic Sciences as the successor to the Intoxilyzer 5000. The Intoxilyzer 9000 uses four infrared wavelengths for sample analysis, has unparalleled performance in accuracy and precision by using pulsed infrared technology, eliminating chopper motors or mechanical filters in the analytical system, according to the CMI website.

All law enforcement agencies in Georgia are required to have the Intoxilyzer 9000 in use by 2015.

“The Snellville Police Department is very appreciative of receiving this grant because it enhances our efforts in reducing the number of impaired drivers on our roadways,” said SPD Chief Roy Whitehead.

The goal of the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety is to reduce the number of fatalities and injuries and to provide highway safety data and fact-based analyses that will assist communities and safety advocates in implementing effective programs that will change high-risk driving behavior and increase safety on our streets and highways.

For more information on GOHS visit http://www.gahighwaysafety.org