Phoenix Bar Frontrunner for DUI Prevention

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It’s most bars’ mission to serve customers with good food and drink while providing a fun and friendly atmosphere. And let’s be honest, it doesn’t hurt a bar’s bottom line to see its patrons indulging in a few too many, ultimately racking up large bar tabs.

But there’s another thing that has been racking up within recent years…and that’s the increase in DUI cases in Arizona.

According to the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety, DUI arrests were up about 35 percent from 2008 to 2009.

One bar located in northeast Phoenix hopes to be on the proactive side of things, helping promote responsible drinking.

Tilted Kilt owner Kerry Phelps says he’s seen far too many people end up having more to drink than they planned but still feel they are OK to drive.

Which is why he installed an Alco-Checkpoint breathalyzer device in his establishment located at 7077 E. Bell Road.

He hopes the breathalyzer unit will raise customers’ awareness, as well as keep them from driving drunk.

“We want people to have a good time,” he said. “I’d rather be on the forefront of things, and if that affects my business negatively, then so be it,” says Phelps.

Phelps’ decision to install the Alco-Checkpoint could be starting a trend for other establishments to help combat drunk driving.

At this time the Tilted Kilt and The Vine Tavern in Tempe are the only two establishments in the valley with breath analyzers.

Phelps recommends that guests use the machine 10 minutes after drinking or smoking cigarettes in order to get the most accurate reading.

The Alco-Checkpoint device is similar to the hand-held breath analyzers already on the market. While never 100% accurate, if calibrated properly, the device should give a reading accurate within 0.01 of a person’s blood alcohol level.

The blood-alcohol-content reading cannot be used in court, and there is a disclaimer on the machine stating that it is for novelty use only.

The Tilted Kilt knows that their device can’t be the be-all, end-all say in whether a person should drive or not, they hope it promotes a positive message…the message of “Don’t drink and drive.”

The Alco-Checkpoint device is an entertaining machine that emulates responsibility, and may be coming to your friendly neighborhood bar soon.

This post was intended to provide general information only and is not intended as specific legal advice. You should not rely upon this information alone, but should consult legal counsel regarding the application of the laws and regulations discussed and as applied to your specific case or circumstance.