Folly Beach Public Safety now equipped with breathalyzer

FOLLY BEACH, SC (WCSC) - Folly Beach Public Safety issued a warning to drunk drivers Thursday as they announced the acquisition of a breathalyzer.

Department spokesman Alan Kleinfeld said the machine, a Datamaster DMT, has been used by the South Carolina since 2009 and is the only state-certified device to run breath tests.

Folly Beach joins the Charleston County Sheriff's Office, Charleston Police Department, Mt. Pleasant Police Department, and Isle of Palms Police Department as one of five sites in the county to have a breathalyser.

The Folly location is one of five sites in the entire county. The other sites are Charleston County, Charleston City Police, Mt. Pleasant and Isle of Palms.

"This device not only makes it safer for residents of Folly Beach by helping keep impaired drivers off the road, but it's a convenience for other agencies to help keep their patrol areas safer, too," said Dennis Brown, Director of Public Safety.

The Folly location means that officers from the area can save time and gas and return to patrol more quickly.

Charleston County has the third highest use of the Datamaster in the state, with over 1500 tests run last year, according to SLED. The equipment costs around $20,000, paid for by the state, according to Kleinfeld.

Anyone with a blood alcohol content of .08 or higher may be considered an impaired driver.

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