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Firefighter Installs Breathalyzers Inside Bars

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Bar patrons in Albuquerque can use the breathalyzer vending machine to test their BAC before getting behind the wheel. (Getty Images)

Bar patrons in Albuquerque can use the breathalyzer vending machine to test their BAC before getting behind the wheel. (Getty Images)

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (CBS Las Vegas) – For 4 quarters, bar patrons in Albuquerque can test how much alcohol is in their systems before they head back home, reports KRQE-TV.

“I have people use it all the time,” Ashley Stavig, a manager at Kelly’s Brew Pub, told the station. “I mean on Friday nights, especially when I bartend.”

Bernalillo County firefighter Daniel Barfield installed the coin-operated breathalyzer machines in several bars in the area.

“It’s new. I had never seen it before, so I thought it’d be a great idea,” said 

While he is a firefighter, Barfield told the station he’s doing this on his own time as a side business.

“I can see how they could think, you know, that with me being a firefighter, that the fire department is involved but it’s not at all. It’s totally me,” Barfield said. “I apologize for that if that’s what they were thinking.”

The flyer doesn’t specify how much money will go to “do some good.”

Barfield told KRQE he plans to donate 10 percent at the end of the year to the Firefighters Burn Treatment Fund of New Mexico, a nonprofit he said will give to the New Mexico Burn Center at UNMH.

A Bernalillo County spokesperson said it’s okay for Barfield to tell bar owners he’s a firefighter. He just can’t act as a representative of the department.

Some bar owners told KRQE some customers use the machines to have contests to see who’s the drunkest.

Mothers Against Drunk Driving says the machines are not a good idea. People might think they can stop drinking just below a .08 and still drive, which can still be dangerous and can still lead to a DWI.

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