Questions Posted to "Ask a Dispatcher"
Q. Is there anywhere in Juneau I can get some disposable breathalyzers? Does JPD sell them to the public? I need them by Friday! Thanks.
Dear Juneau Resident,
I am guessing you want to host an event and make sure the participants are not intoxicated during or driving home from the festivities. I applaud your sense of responsibility! JPD has expensive and calibrated, for purposes of showing the court, breathalyzers that we buy for officers. We do not sell them to the public and they are probably too expensive for event oriented users. Shopping online, and we Juneau-ites are experts at that, show portable breath tests for $70 to $140, pretty reasonable at least until you get to shipping. With a rush order, the shipping might exceed the cost of the device.
You can research the signs and symptoms of alcohol easily on the internet but keep in mind that drugs, both illegal and over the counter, can be intoxicating as well alone or mixed with alcohol.
If you are having a party, watch those you know for changes in behavior, the first sign of intoxication and act sooner rather than later to make sure no one gets hurt.