By Seth Littrell
Register News Writer
MADISON COUNTY —
The Madison Sheriff’s department will soon receive equipment to help them enforce drinking laws, according to a news release from the Kentucky State Police.
The KSP will grant the department four portable breath tests (PBTs) Wednesday, MSO Sgt. Eddie Goode said. The devices are similar to a breathalyzer test, but do not carry the same evidentiary weight, he added.
“It’s a pass-fail test,” Goode said. “But we don’t make arrests based on that test alone, the evidentiary test takes place at the detention center.”
The PBTs will be an addition to the office’s field sobriety test, he said, giving deputies a more accurate way to determine a person’s intoxication levels.
Goode said the equipment is important for Madison County because of underage drinking problems in the area, in particular because of the young people drawn by Eastern Kentucky University and Berea College.
“We have two universities, with EKU and Berea College, and four high schools,” Goode said. “There’s a lot of underage drinking here.”
The PBTs will be presented to the sheriff’s department 10 a.m. Wednesday morning in the conference room of the office in the Courthouse Annex, 135 W. Irvine St., according to the KSP release.