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CDOT offering discount on personal breathalyzers to combat DUIs

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Southern Colorado has seen the damage done by drunken drivers behind the wheel. 

In April, Falcon High School senior Michael Finley's life was killed by a drunk driver.

"I do think there is something probably in every state, but in this (state), that drinking and driving, you know  maybe it's OK if I don't get caught, but we really want to start putting an end to it," Colorado Department of Transportation safety manager, Glenn Davis, said. 

Davis said out of the 48 traffic deaths in El Paso County last year, almost half involved impairment. 

"When people drink, judgment is affected and that really can be for a lot of people a life changing judgment, not just for them but for other people on the roadway," Davis said. 

CDOT is now partnering with BACtrack, a personal breathalyzer company, to allow Coloradans to get the devices 20 percent off. The device tests the user's blood alcohol content level connected via Bluetooth to the person's phone. 

CDOT hopes it will help people make the decision whether they're okay to get behind the wheel. 

Nicolas Thornton aid he's been looking into a device like it. 

"You know, when you're going out drinking with your buddies, you always want to know instead of having to guess," Thornton said. 

The price for Coloradans through the end of September is $80. 

"I'd trust it, so yeah, it's worth $80," Thornton said. 

But Mark Evans said the price might be a little steep. 

"I think it's a good program, but I don't know; that $80 is in the ballpark for most people," Evans said. 

To get the deal visit HeatIsOnColorado.com or BACtrack.com and use the code "CDOT" for 20 percent off and free shipping.

 

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