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Breath-Alcohol Instrument Replacement Program

Breath-Alcohol Instrument Replacement Program

How the replacement program will work:

The available funds alloted by MoDOT's Traffic and Highway Safety Division allows for replacement of approximately 200 local law enforcement agency instruments as well as the Missouri State Highway Patrol’s (MSHP). 

The Missouri Safety Center (MSC) was asked to facilitate the local agency replacement program through its Breath Alcohol Instrument and Training program.  To ensure a fair and unbiased selection/placement process, the MSC established the following requirements to be followed when determining if an instrument should be replaced with a newer, recently approved breath-alcohol testing instrument:

  • The agency must already possess a breath-alcohol testing instrument.
  • The agency must have made ten (10) DWI arrests during 2010.
  • The agency must have a history of maintaining their breath-alcohol testing instrument according to Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (MODHSS) rules and regulations.

The MSC also devised a plan in which the instruments could be distributed in a way which allows for a regional approach which would make training more efficient.  After considering several methods, it was decided to use MODOT Districts as the guide.  Using this plan divides the State into large population areas (St. Louis and Kansas City, for example) and smaller population areas.

The plan will be executed in three phases beginning with the St. Louis and Kansas City regions. The first phase is anticipated to take up to a minimum of one year to implement.   

Click for a PDF list of all local law enforcement agencies involved, including their placement by phase and priority.

What Should You Do Next? 

If your agency is in Phase 1(a) or 1(b) [see list]:

  • E-mail Bob Welsh welsh@ucmo.edu immediately with the following information:
    • Names of your Type 2 permit holders ACTIVELY involved in maintaining your existing instrument(s).
    • Phone numbers and email addresses for the permit holders.
    • Number of current Type 3 permit holders in your agency.
  • Contact the three instrument vendors and schedule an appointment for them to come to your agency and show you the new instruments.  Contact addresses and phone numbers for each of the three vendors (CMI, Intoximeters and NPAS) are listed below in the FAQ's section.
  • Make a decision as to which instrument your agency has chosen (Datamaster DMT, Intoximeters ECIR-2 or Intoxilyzer Model 8000) and forward that choice to Bob Welsh. 

What the MSC staff CANNOT do: Make a recommendation as to which instrument is “best” for your agency. MODHSS spent a great amount of time evaluating instruments and determined individual agencies are the best judge as to which instrument is the best fit for that agency’s needs.  

Instrument orders need to be placed as soon as possible.  Please make this as high a priority as possible.  The target date for the first instrument order to be placed is April 1, 2013.

If your agency is in Phases 2 or 3:

  • Do not contact the MSC or Bob Welsh at this time
  • Your agency will be contacted close to the completion of Phase 1 (for Phase 2) or close the completion of Phase 2 (for Phase 3).
  • You are encouraged to continue to evaluate all three newly approved instruments and have a decision ready when your agency is contacted at the completion of Phase 1 (or 2).
  • Please start gathering the information needed (listed above in Phase 1 activity).  Having this information on hand will make Phases 2 and 3 move more swiftly.

FAQs:

  • If my agency already has funding set aside for a new instrument, may we go ahead and purchase an instrument, receive our training and put the instrument in service?

YES.  If/when you purchase an instrument, let us know and we will schedule your Type 2(s) in for training and provide them with support and training materials for your Type 3 permit holders.

  • How much training will our Type 2 permit holders and Type 3 permit holders need?

Type 2 permit holders will require 12-16 hours of cross-over training. Type 3 permit holders will require 4 hours of cross-over training.

  • How do I get in touch with the instrument vendors

    Tim Brewer, Sales Representative for Intoximeters, Inc and the ECIR-2 instrument. Phone: 314-409-7901 (or) Email: tbrewer@intox.com

    Bill Collins is the sales representative for CMI, Inc and the Intoxilyzer Model 8000 instrument. Phone: 402-699-5087 (or) Email: wfcollins@alcoholtest.com

    Glen Cambell is the sales representative for NPAS, Inc and the Datamaster DMT instrument. Phone: 419-564-9151 (or) Email: gcampbell@npas.com

  • May I keep my current breath alcohol instrument?

The MSC plans to eventually replace all older units (Datamasters and Intoxilyzer 5000s).  If you have a 5000 or a Datamaster, it will be replacing if your agency is included in the plan.

  • What if I am not listed in the plan for replacing the instrument I have at my agency?

For now, you may continue to use the instrument.  If funding permits, the MSC will ask your agency to trade in your Intoxilyzer 5000 or Datamaster for an Alco-Sensor IV/printer unit.  Or, you could purchase an Alco-Sensor IV /printer unit out of your own funds (the price is approximately $1,500.00).  Contact Tim Brewer at Intoximeters for more information.

Please visit the website for periodic updates to the plan.

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