New gadget helps you make wise decision when drinking alcohol

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - By Sherea Harris

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) -  Although you don't feel drunk, how do you know you're impaired when consuming alcohol? Well, some local bars and clubs are installing machines that allows you to test yourself before you get behind the wheel.

The idea is to help folks make better decisions while out drinking. No one wants a D-U-I.
And in this case a dollar is all it takes to keep you out of jail or possibly save your life or someone else's.

Cafe Firenza has one of the breathalyzer machines.

Patrons simply insert a dollar and use a straw to blow into the machine.

It'll display their blood alcohol level and let you know if you're over the limit.
Lanye Flournoy owns Zydeco in Five Points South. He has a machine also.

He says if folks take the machine seriously. It provides a valuable service.

He spoke of a patron celebrating his 21st birthday,  "His friends convinced him to use machine. He blew over the legal limit and sure enough his friends, a sober driver took him home."

"I think it's good idea whether you can tolerate one or tolerate two or three. It's a good idea to test yourself before you leave," said Randy Roberson who has used the machine before.

Safe Breath Solutions is the company that brought the machines to the area.

There are 10 in bars and clubs in the Birmingham area. The company hopes to get  them in more establishments.

A disclaimer is posted by the machine stating that it's for private and entertainment purposes only. Bar owners are not held liable for patrons who blow over the limit and decide to drive anyway.

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