Coin-Operated Breath Test

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Bar patrons in one Michigan city can now get a breath test along with their tab.

The city of Rockford is buying coin-operated breath-testing machines for its bar, reckoning it's better to test drivers for alcohol before they hit the road instead of after.

It's a modest move. The city only has about three public establishments that are licensed to serve booze. But officials hope the payoff will be big.

One restaurant is apparently refusing the machine, saying it might give the wrong impression at the family-oriented eatery.

One bar patron says some people might use the breath-testers for entertainment value.

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