Alcohol is a major factor in traffic crashes, injuries, and fatalities on the streets and highways of North Carolina. One of the largest costs to North Carolinians is the impaired driver.
The Forensic Tests for Alcohol Branch seeks to reduce the incidence of impaired driving by providing comprehensive training programs to law enforcement personnel in the detection and apprehension of the impaired driver.
Since 1964, the Branch has provided training to law enforcement officers in breath alcohol testing. Over the past several years, the Branch has expanded its role by providing additional specialized comprehensive training programs, instrumentation for officers to test impaired drivers. The Branch also provides scientific support for state prosecutors and highway safety/educational equipment to use during safety events in an effort to reach out to the general public and explain the dangers of driving while impaired.