|Dial a Drunk|
Vintage Intoximeter - a/k/a the “Dial-a-Drunk.”
In the 70‘s, 80‘s and into the 90‘s this machine was the standard in Georgia and elsewhere for measuring whether a person would be charged with DUI/DWI.
The suspect would blow into a tube sending a breath sample into a chemical ampule. Light was transmitted through the ampule and a photo-electric sensor measured the amount of light. A needle moved, a dial was turned to center the needle, a gauge on the dial was read and Voila! Dial a Drunk.
Defense lawyers loved this machine. Legal challenges, operator error, corruption... just a good old time
Suspects always complained. “I blew into a tube, the cop turned a dial and I got arrested.” This machine was decommissioned around 1994.
Pen and Ink, watercolor, 8 x10