New Brunswick

Moncton man wants to bring breathalyzers to bars

A Moncton businessman is hoping to install breathalyzer machines in bars and nightclubs across the Maritimes.

A Moncton businessman is hoping to install breathalyzer machines in bars and nightclubs across the Maritimes.

Tim Rose, owner of Yellowline Vending, said he believes the coin-operated machines could save lives and be good for business.

Rose has placed two breathalyzers at The Old Cosmo in downtown Moncton and for $2 it will reveal a person's blood alcohol content.

"The whole purpose of it is for education and to make the customer aware, to pace their drinking, to be more responsible for their actions," Rose said.

Ideally, it will convince people not to drive if they're anywhere close to the legal limit, Rose said.

Jeff Gallant, the bar's owner, said the coin-operated breathalyzers are popular in Montreal and Toronto.

"It seems to work because we tried it ourselves as staff. I had a few beer the other night and I blew under, so I knew I wasn't intoxicated," Gallant said.

While the machines may be popular, some groups are warning people to be careful.

Gary Howard, vice-president of marketing with CAA, said people should be careful about relying on these machines.

"If you have to test yourself maybe that's a good sign you should get a cab," Howard said.

An RCMP spokesperson told CBC News they have no comment, except that people should realize the only reading that counts is the one measured by the police.