Local law enforcement in Pooler will be using a new breath testing device purchased with an $8,000 grant from the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety.

The device, called the Intoxilyzer 9000, will replace the Intoxilyzer 5000 model the agency has been using since the mid-1990s. It is expected that the 5000 model will be completely phased out by 2015, and law enforcement in Pooler will be among the first to get the device.

Officers from the Pooler Police Department have already begun taking training courses to become certified in using the new device.

According to a Crash Analysis, Statistics & Information Notebook from 2008, there were more than 10,500 car collisions caused by alcohol or drug use. Two percent of these collisions were fatal, while thousands more led to serious personal injuries. The number of alcohol-related car accidents in Georgia increased by more than 6 percent between 1998 and 2008.