Forensic Tests for Alcohol: Breath Alcohol Testing (BAT) Program Checking Stations
Through the FTA’s partnership with the North Carolina Governor’s Highway Safety Program, the BAT Mobile Unit Program maintains a fleet of seven BAT mobile units to assist law enforcement officers at DWI checking stations across the state.
The BAT mobile units are state-of-the-art, purpose-built vehicles, measuring in lengths from 30 to 45 feet, and serve as DWI processing centers. BAT Coordinators, trained in the complete breath alcohol testing process, operate these units that are completely furnished with fingerprinting equipment, a magistrate’s office, and multiple work stations with breath alcohol testing instruments.
The presence of the BAT mobile unit at DWI checking stations saves time and improves efficiency while acting as a high-profile deterrent to impaired driving. Without the BAT mobile unit, law enforcement officers must transport DWI suspects to a traditional breath testing facility, and if determined necessary, to a separate magistrate’s office for processing. In addition, having this well-lit and clearly marked BAT mobile unit at checking stations sends a clear message to discourage motorists from driving while impaired.
BAT Mobile Regions
Last Modified: March 8, 2019