Alcohol is a major factor in traffic crashes, injuries, and fatalities on the streets and highways of North Carolina. In 2017, the state saw 1,287 fatalities on the road, and 26.4 percent, or 368 of those were alcohol-impaired driving fatalities.

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, apprehension and prosecution of the impaired driver.

Since 1964, the Branch has provided training to law enforcement officers in breath alcohol testing. Over the years, the Branch has expanded its role by providing the following additional services:

  • Specialized and comprehensive training programs;
  • Instrumentation for officers to test impaired drivers;
  • Scientific support for state prosecutors;
  • Highway/safety equipment for safety and educational events; and
  • Educational/safety talks to explain the dangers of impaired driving.

Last Modified: January 7, 2022