Grand Rapids Introduces Breathalyzers In Local Bars
You may have been seeing these little white boxes on the wall or on the bar at some of your local Grand Rapids bars recently. If you are wondering what they are, they are breathalyzer machines. They operate with either quarters or by swiping your debit or credit card. These machines serve several purposes for the local community. For starters, a portion of proceeds from each machine is donated to charity. The charity is listed on the information board mounted above each machine. The second purpose is to help reduce drinking and driving. With DUI laws getting more strict each year, paying a couple dollars is next to nothing in contrast to the $10,000+ you could have to pay if you receive a DUI.
These machines feature state of the art technology for breathalyzers across the nation. Previous models only accepted coin. These new machines are designed for the future. They are compatible for credit card processing, Apple Pay, Google Pay and Samsung Pay. These methods are not used by the majority people currently, but it is expected to grow significantly over the next 5 years.
How It Works
To use one of these Breath Alcohol Tester machines, start by selecting your payment method, coin or card. Insert your coins, or swipe, insert or tap your card. The machine will dispense a straw from the bottom tray. Insert the Straw into the circular slot in the front of the machine. When the display prompts you, blow long and hard into the machine. It will process the reading and then give you a result on your blood alcohol content (BAC). To ensure accuracy, wait at least 15 minutes after you have last consumed an alcoholic beverage.
One of the best aspects about these machines is that they help benefit charities. The Grand Rapids Breath Alcohol Tester machines benefit the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation. This program has been running since 1992 and does much to benefit the families of fallen heroes. The support of this charity goes to help with awareness and support of area communities. The Foundation assists families of fallen firefighters to get back on their feet after a devastating loss. They also work within the fire service community to provide safety and knowledge to reduce death and injuries in the act of service. More information can be found here.
The main purpose behind these machines is to raise social awareness on how alcohol affects the body. Most people know the general rule, one drink plus one drink per hour to be safe. This is not very accurate though, as alcohol affects different people in different ways. There are a variety of factors determine how the body metabolizes alcohol. These factors include; gender, weight, medication, body fat, food consumption, and medical conditions. Knowing these, you can’t get a good and accurate judgment on what your actual BAC is. Other people say that they feel fine, but can be quite surprised at what the actual reading on the screen shows.
These machines are proven to be accurate. They are tested extensively and have fuel cells that must be replaced periodically to provide consistent accuracy. This does not take the liability off of you if you decide to drive however. This machine does not guarantee that your body has absorbed all of the alcohol when you use it or that you did not drink more after using it. It will not hold up as evidence in court, as the breathalyzer from a law enforcement officer will supersede the machines. Ultimately the responsibility still falls on you, so if you are unsure, then you should call a ride, or wait it out.
Where Can You Find Them
The number of bars that these machines are in will be expanding in the near future. Currently there are 25 located within the Grand Rapids Area. Here is a full list of Breath Alcohol Tester machines in Grand Rapids MI.
Grand Woods Lounge
Tavern on the Square
J. Gardella’s Tavern
Z’s Bar and Restaurant
Flanagan’s Irish Pub
Brick and Porter
Bob’s Sports Bar
The Pubb Food and Spirits
The Iron Well
Tip Top Deluxe Bar and Grill
Eastown Sports Bar
Grand Rapids Garage Bar & Grill
Ironwood Bar and Grill
Lake Michigan Sports Bar
The Last Chance Tavern and Grill
Maya Mexican Grill and Bar
Charley’s Pub and Grill
Wyoming Garage Bar and Grill
Pete’s Grill & Tavern