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Colorado studying effect of personal breathalyzers

DENVER — The Colorado Department of Transportation wants to know if having access to a mobile breathalyzer decreases a person’s risk of getting another DUI.

KUSA-TV reports people with prior DUIs in Jefferson, Adams or Weld counties are eligible to apply for one via the agency’s website.

Those selected will receive a BACtrack Mobile Pro, which connects to a phone app that displays the results, an estimate of when the person’s blood-alcohol level will return to zero and allows the user to request an Uber.

People who receive a breathalyzer agree to use it and complete surveys through the end of the summer. People who complete the surveys can keep the device.


Officials say one-third of Colorado’s DUI arrests are repeat offenders and that DUI-related crashes accounted for one-third of all fatalities in the three counties in 2016.

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