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East Ellsworth bar installs voluntary breathalyzer

To tell whether they've had a few too many drinks to drive safely, most people rely on feelings.

But feelings aren't an accurate way to determine sobriety, dependent on too many variables like food intake, perspiration and body type. And although formal testing to verify blood alcohol content is precise as well as legal, it's not practical when drinking is done in a public place. The police can arrange for someone to accurately learn if they're sober; however, drinkers tend to hope to avoid having law enforcement get involved.

Broz Bar in East Ellsworth has come up with a solution to this dilemma. Jason Marks of the establishment showed the voluntary use breathalyzer machine which has been installed at the business. Despite an advisory posted nearby cautioning results from the machine won't serve for legal purposes, Marks said they're actually quite accurate.

Read more in the print version of the Herald Aug. 4.

Bill Kirk

Bill Kirk was editor of the Pierce County Herald in Ellsworth, from 1988 to February, 2015 and is now on staff as a reporter. He holds a bachelors degree in journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. He previously worked in the media distribution department at the University of Minnesota's Minneapolis campus and is past editor of The Tri-County News in Osseo, Wisconsin.

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