Thursday, February 21, 2013


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


  1. Suspected DUI drivers refused to take this breathalyzer test, they say it's not accurate. I suggest if you are charged with DUI, ask help from DUI lawyer to minimize charges or dismiss case filed against you.

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  2. Many drivers refuse to take that breathalyzer test citing the inaccuracy of the test. Though the penalties even for a first time DUI conviction are serious and can be life altering for the person who faces the court with or without a prior case. So choose a right DUI lawyer. My brother works with a Los Angeles DUI attorney and have told me that your selection of a lawyer can govern the outcome of case to a great extent.