Jul 12, 2011 1:01 PM by Greg Boyce

Company comes up with $3 intoxication test

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - A new Iowa company is offering a breath test service that could help keep people from driving drunk. Mark Ross, of Bettendorf, told the Iowa City Press-Citizen that his Tipping Point employees are providing the service in Iowa City, Davenport and other cities.

Ross says Tipping Point is partnering with Lifeloc Technologies, a Colorado company that counts police departments among buyers of its breath test units.
Tipping Point tests a person for $3. Ross says that's far cheaper than a drunken-driving conviction. He says some bars have welcomed Tipping Point, but others haven't.

Iowa City Police Sgt. Denise Brotherton says people react differently at various levels of intoxication and a person's intoxication level can fluctuate, too. He says that's why police use several indicators to determine whether someone is impaired.


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