Posts Tagged ‘breathalyzer’

Sonoma County Heirloom Tomato Festival to Feature “Breathalyzer Service” for Boozers

Tuesday, August 10th, 2010

On the heels of last month’s fatal traffic accident up in Sonoma County, comes news of Kendall Jackson offering “Breathalyzer Service” at their upcoming Heirloom Tomato Festival.

So let’s see here, this is the woman from San Francisco

…who is now up on DUI and vehicular manslaughter charges. And this is how some people react up north.

I’m not really up to speed on the latest monthly DUI Report in Napa, but doesn’t Wine Country have a DUI problem?

I’ll have to look into this more sometime. Certainly seems like neighboring Napa County has issues if it had/has 2,400 outstanding DUI arrest warrants in recent memory.

Anyway, here’s the “related news” for the reports on the fatal collision:

Comes now Kendall Jackson offering breathalyzer service from KHN Solutions at the “granddaddy of tomato festivals” on September 11, 2010.

Does this this look like fun?

“It’s fun for people.”

“I think people are going to appreciate our focus on safety and at the same time have some fun with this.”

Here’e the release, make of it what you will:

Kendall-Jackson Heirloom Tomato Festival Adds Free Breathalyzer Service for Guests

Food extravaganza goes extra mile to encourage safety

SANTA ROSA, Calif., Aug. 9 /PRNewswire/ — There will be a new facet to the 14th Kendall-Jackson Heirloom Tomato Festival when the event opens on September 11th at the Kendall-Jackson Wine Center here. For the first time, festival goers will be provided free access to breath-alcohol tests if they wish.

San Francisco-based KHN Solutions, makers of the BACtrack® breathalyzer, will have a booth at the event and will provide free tests to anyone who wants one.

“We’ve done many events from sporting venues to the Consumer Electronics Show,” said company CEO Keith Nothacker. “It’s fun for people. They’re interested in seeing what their blood alcohol levels really are. It’s part curiosity, part wisdom.”

“We’ve never had a problem with over-consumption at our event,” said Mark Mathewson, general manager of hospitality for Jackson Family Wines, the company that owns Kendall-Jackson. “Yet having this available is a great way for us to create awareness and promote responsibility.”

The BACtrack® booth will be staffed by KHN employees who will also distribute information on responsible drinking.

“I think people are going to appreciate our focus on safety and at the same time have some fun with this,” Mathewson said.

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“Avoid the 8″ DUI Checkpoint at Pine and Montgomery a Huge Success

Monday, December 21st, 2009

This was the scene over the weekend in the Financh where eight (or four, whatever) local police agencies teamed up for a DUI checkpoint on southbound Montgomery at Pine Street. Never seen one of these before – let’s take a look.

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Not all the traffic coming down from North Beach to SoMA last Friday night had to stop – lots of cars were directed straight on through. But those that weren’t had to pull over to the right for a brief convo with a peace officer of some stripe.

Like the driver of this Mercedes E350, for example. Don’t think she was a drunkie, but she had some sort of registration hassle it appeared (and that’s not all that uncommon in this age of shut-down, furloughed DMVs.) Stop sign holder graciously provided by PG&E:

Oh well. But let’s say you fail your field sobriety test on Montgomery Street.  This is what’s in store for you – a trip into the huge mobile command post  parked on the same block. No waiting:

Meet your breathalyzer, the Intoxilyzer 5000 infrared spectrometry breath alcohol measurement tool. (This is important, cause if your shyster is going to get you off, well, however that ends up being, it will most likely have something to do with attacking the procedures used to record the .15 BAC score you blew. Again.) Speaking of mouthpieces, you’ll get your own 28-cent plastic disposable mouthpiece to blow on. (Always wondered how that worked.)

Most people didn’t seem to mind, and the way that Montgomery is set up with three-way lights (to let the throngs of imagined evening-hour financial district peds scramble across Montgomery any which way they want) being picked to be a part of the checkpoint might not actually have slowed the journeys to the nearest freeway onramp:

Check out Friday’s tally of arrests and tows from CBS5. And here’s the scorecard from a another recent checkpoint at Geary and Steiner, and here’s another from Monterey near San Jose.

So, hurray. There’s not a lot to object to here, unless you’re a mouthpiece for the American Beverage Institute that is.

Look for more checkpoints in the coming weeks…