Archive for March 5th, 2008

I recently had the opportunity to check out the AlcoHawk Pro. It’s a full-featured alcohol tester and works well. Included with the AlcoHawk Pro is everything you could need to test friends and family, or even use in certain professional settings. Approved as a DOT / NHTSA alcohol screening device (that’s a good approval to have, in my estimation), the AlcoHawk includes a carrying case, battery, 50 reusable mouthpieces and a 12V car adapter. Well, isn’t that handy?

It’s a sharp-looking, streamlined device that’s fits very comfortably in the user’s hand. The bright display is clear in both full-light and low-light settings. Testing is simple – power on the unit (there’s only one button – duh!), wait 20 seconds as the tester warms up, blow a strong breath for 5 seconds, and wait a few more seconds for your result. On a recent Saturday night, I had two beers over 40 minutes or so, waited 20 minutes as indicated by the instructions (so that no alcohol residue in my saliva would affect the test result) and took a test. My result – 0.04 %BAC, which is right in line with where it should have been, considering my consumption. Several friends tried the AlcoHawk Pro as well, and it’s results seemed to be dead-on.

One caveat – when testing multiple subjects, be aware that this tester requires a 2-minute cooldown period between tests. The AlcoHawk Pro includes several cool features – FlowCheck alerts you if the subject didn’t blow a strong enough breath, Sensor Recognition (SR) tells you if your tester is not working properly and requires service.

All in all, the AlcoHawk Pro is a well-equipped, accurate and good-looking device. Price is reasonable at $139.95.
AlcoHawk Pro Breathalyzer

Jury Awards $2.5M In Triple-DUI Wreck

This is an interesting case, and yet another example that illustrates the importance of being responsible about alcohol consumption. In 2006, a 23-year-old Chicago man driving under the influence, struck a vehicle while speeding at over 100 mph. Both the couple in the vehicle and the drunk driver were killed. The couple’s young daughters brought a suit against the clubs where the drunk driver had been served earlier in the evening. A jury awarded damages of $2.5 million, but because of dram shop liability laws, the award was limited to $67,000 per person, plus property damage and funeral costs. Full article