The Dalton Police Department is the new owner of a new breath testing machine.
The machine was purchased with an $8,000 grant received in April from the Governor's Office of Highway Safety (GOHS).
The Intoxilyzer 9000 replaces the Intoxilyzer 5000 model at the Dalton Police Department.
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation approved the Intoxilyzer 9000 as the state's new standard breath testing device in January 2013. By December 2015, the state will phase out use of the Intoxilyzer 5000.
Officers from the Dalton Police Department's Traffic Unit will be attending training classes soon to become certified to use the new device.
The GOHS grant was awarded to the Dalton Police Department in recognition of the agency's active participation in the MATEN II (Mountain Area Traffic Enforcement Network).
To be eligible to receive the grant, agencies must attend monthly MATEN II meetings, conduct road checks in the agency's jurisdiction, and also report monthly traffic statistics to the Governor's Office of Highway Safety.