A breathalyzer test isn’t exactly an uncommon sight on New Year’s Eve, nor is it something any driver wants to see.
“If you see this vehicle roll up, not a good thing,” said Franklin County Sheriff’s Department spokesperson Marc Gofstein.
Gofstein took NBC4 on a ride along with the Franklin County Sheriff’s DUI task force in their mobile BAC vehicle.
“This vehicle serves 2 purposes. Tonight it serves as the blood alcohol control vehicle. Basically it’s a mobile breathalyzer,” he said.
It’s used when other law enforcement agencies call for assistance after pulling over a suspected drunk driver and it’s quicker and more efficient than hauling suspects back to a police station. It also allows officers to continue patrolling the streets, keep an eye on drivers and better manage to keep them safe.
In fact, Gofstein says thanks to the Franklin county DUI task force there were fewer drunk drivers on the road this year compared to last year.
“Obviously when the duo task force is out consistently throughout the year it’s making a visible statement that you need to have someone driving if you’re drinking,” he said.
Gofstein also credits more options for partiers needing a ride without designated drivers like Uber and Lyft and for those who don’t, he has a message.
“There are a lot of folks out there who choose not to drink those are the ones who should be driving tonight. If you drink, don’t drive tonight,” said Gofstein.
Gofstein also tells NBC4 there are no DUI checkpoints on a night like New Year’s Eve because the drinking and partying is so spread ou