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Forensic Tests for Alcohol: Breath Alcohol Testing (BAT) Program Awareness

The Forensic Tests for Alcohol Branch developed and implemented the state's first Breath Alcohol Testing (BAT) Mobile Unit Program in 1996. The BAT Program has since then played a major role in public health service by assisting law enforcement officers at DWI checking stations, and in raising awareness of the dangers of impaired driving at education and safety events.

Education or safety events involve working within the community to educate the public. These opportunities to heighten awareness of the dangers of driving while impaired come in the form of organized talks at schools, public health forums, the N.C. State Fair and other public events across the state.

BAT Coordinators receive as many as 300 requests per year to participate in enforcement and educational events. Approximately a third of these requests tend to be for educational events that promote safety across the state.

The BAT Program is invested in partnerships with advocacy groups against underage drinking or impaired driving. Some of these groups that focus on young adults in high school and driver’s education classes across the state include Talk It Out, Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) and the B.R.A.K.E.S. (Be Responsible and Keep Everyone Safe) program. As a result, BAT Coordinators can disseminate themes and messages on the dangers of drinking and driving among young adults in North Carolina.

Each BAT mobile unit displays the logos of "Booze It & Lose It,” “Don't Drink & Drive” and “.08 It's The Law."

Booze It and Lose It