The new devices are more accurate than previous devices that merely gave three readings -- pass, alert, or fail. The new devices measure actual BAC levels, even for those drivers who have blood alcohol content levels below the standard for drunken driving.
The Alberta Solicitor General's office said that drivers who register 50-80 milligrams of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood - will receive a 24-hour licence suspension, while those who register over .08 will be required to take a court-approved breathalyzer test at a police station, according to the Edmondton Journal.
The Solicitor General's office bought 50 of the new Intoxilyzers at $1,000 each. "We wanted to send a message to Alberta to say we're ready to address the issue of drinking and driving in this province," Solicitor General Heather Forsyth said.
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