SPRING BREAKERS VOLUNTARILY SUBMIT TO FINAL CALL(TM) ALCOHOL BREATH TEST IN DAYTONA BEACH, FLA.
SPRING BREAKERS VOLUNTARILY SUBMIT TO FINAL CALL(TM) ALCOHOL BREATH TEST IN DAYTONA BEACH, FLA. DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., March 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Nearly one-third of the students on spring break who voluntarily submitted to an alcohol breath test during the past weekend were either impaired or intoxicated. Of those, 41 percent said they would not drive an automobile after seeing test results. The tests were administered by U.S. Alcohol Testing of America Inc. (USAT). USAT conducted the poll among students in Daytona Beach to demonstrate Final Call, the nation's first inexpensive, disposable consumer alcohol breath tester. The product is currently being introduced by USAT across the country. Of 436 students who were randomly tested on Friday afternoon, 14 percent were intoxicated and 16 percent were impaired. "We were shocked that 55 percent of the students who tested as impaired or intoxicated said they would still drive," said Karen Laustsen, senior vice president, USAT. "This indicates that much more needs to be done in the education of the effects of alcohol on one's driving ability, especially among young people." Reaction to Final Call was overwhelmingly positive. Students gathered in masses to view the demonstration, to be tested and to receive samples. One student said, "This is really a good idea ... where can we get it?" Another explained, "We'll collect car keys before fraternity parties and students will have to pass the Final Call test before we return their keys." "Drunk driving is a serious problem in our society. Despite making some progress in reducing alcohol-related accident statistics, the war is far from over," said Laustsen. "We're hoping that Final Call will help reduce alcohol-related deaths on our highways by giving consumers a way to make an informed decision about their driving abilities before they get behind the wheel. Our product takes the guess-work out of knowing your condition." The Final Call test kit consists of a glass tube filled with chemically treated colored crystals which react with ethyl alcohol and a balloon that is used to regulate the breath sample volume to ensure accuracy. The test, which consumers take 10 minutes after they have had their last drink, involves blowing into the balloon and then releasing the air into the tube. If alcohol is present, the bands of yellow crystals will turn green indicating the following readings: green in the first band cautions that driving may be impaired and commercial drivers are warned not to drive; green in the second band and consequently the third band warns that the user is intoxicated and should not drive. Some findings of the spring break test results are as follows: -- Of the 64 who were intoxicated (green in two or more bands), 54.7 percent said they would not drive after learning their test results; and, -- Of the 70 who were impaired (green in the first band), 28.5 percent said they would not drive after learning their test results. Final Call is endorsed by the National Troopers Coalition, which represents 40,000 state troopers and highway patrol officers across the country. In addition to Final Call, USAT manufactures screening and evidential alcohol breath testing equipment which is used by law enforcement officers and in correctional facilities, corporations, alcohol treatment centers and schools. Final Call is currently being launched nationwide and will be available in various retail locations across the country. -0- 3/17/92 /CONTACT: Todd E. Appleman of Fleishman Hillard, 213-629-4974, for U.S. Alcohol Testing of America/ CO: U.S. Alcohol Testing of America Inc. ST: Florida IN: SU:
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|Date:||Mar 17, 1992|
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